(idiomatic, formulaic) A minimal level of competence
, as used in phrases where one is unable to perform such.
My boss is so clueless, he couldn't schedule his own way out of a paper bag.
Junior varsity couldn't play their way out of a paper bag in comparison.
Origin of way-out-of-a-paper-bag
Possibly from "he couldn't punch
his way out of a paper bag."