There’s the famous quote attributed to H. G. Wells that goes as follows:

“After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true”

There are a number of “laws” and “principles” which we mostly tend to agree with that, once we commit to memory and internalize, can simplify our view of the world and turn many bizarre circumstances into self-explanatory events.

So, here’s my list of memorable tragicomic principles and laws:

  1. Parkinson’s Law: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion;
  2. Peter’s Principle: In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence;
  3. Putt’s Law: Technology is dominated by two types of people:  those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand;
  4. Dilbert Principle: leadership is nature’s way of removing morons from the productive flow;
  5. Murphy Law:  If anything can go wrong, it will;
  6. Conway’s Law: …organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations

Have I missed out on any other immutable principles? Please let me know.

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  3. Shim,

    Good compilation of sad-but-true (and comic!) laws. In case you haven’t seen them, Russell Ackoff coined a whole bunch of management f-laws that are worth a look.




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