Eponymous Laws

Betteridge's Law of Headlines

"If a headline ending with a question mark is answered by the word no.

Brook's Law

"Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later."

Source: The Mythical Man-Month

Cheerleader Effect

put a bunch of things in a group, and we don't analyze them individually, we analyze the group "OMG THEY ARE ALL SO PRETTY". separate them, and the story is different "Uhh.. I see nothing special here"

Source: Ryan Maynard

Cobra Effect

The cobra effect occurs when incentives designed to solve a problem end up rewarding people for making it worse. The term is used to illustrate how incorrect stimulation in economics and politics can cause unintended consequences. It is also known as the perverse incentive.

Wikipedia Link

Conway's Law

"Any organization that designs a system will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization's communication structure."

Gall's Law

"A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system."

Goodhart's Law

"When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure."

Parkinson's Law

"work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion". Same Parkinson as "Parkinson's Law of Triviality"

Parkinson' Law of Triviality

"people within an organization commonly or typically give disproportionate weight to trivial issues."

Parkinson provides the example of a fictional committee whose job was to approve the plans for a nuclear power plant spending the majority of its time on discussions about relatively minor but easy-to-grasp issues, such as what materials to use for the staff bike shed, while neglecting the proposed design of the plant itself, which is far more important and a far more difficult and complex task. AKA bicycle-shed effect, bike-shed effect, and bike-shedding

Wikipeida Link

Peter Principle

"In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to their level of incompetence. Thus, in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties."

Sturgeon's Law

"90% of everything is crap."