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.”


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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