Cochrane’s Law

Pamela Cochrane didn’t say this in exactly these words, but the message was clear and I certainly received it. It is particularly relevant while gathering requirements, specifications, plans of action.

The Law of Conservation of Confusion:

Unanswered questions do not go away.

2 thoughts on “Cochrane’s Law

    • I am reminded of two mildly related quotes.
      One is e e cummings, something like
      always a beautiful answer, which asks a still more beautiful question.
      The other is I think Richard Feynman, something like
      a simple question always requires a complex answer. To get a simple answer, you have to ask a very complicated question.
      It’s a bit like the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Or the Law of Conservation of Confusion, eh?

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