Hofstadter’s Law

I came across Hofstadter’s Law the other day, which states:

“It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law”

Some more info here, including:

“This self-referencing adage was coined by Douglas Hofstadter in his 1979 magnum opusGödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. It is often cited among programmers, especially in discussions of techniques to improve productivity, such as The Mythical Man-Month or Extreme Programming. Behind its whimsical façade, Hofstadter’s Law is a profound statement of the difficulty of accurately estimating the amount of time it will take to complete tasks of any substantial complexity.”

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One Response to Hofstadter’s Law

  1. PM Hut says:

    This one is good, I know about it but I didn’t know the origin, an excellent one is Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

    Btw, I have published an excellent article on the mythical man month in Project Management, take a look if you can.

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