Re: Aphorisms

Subject: Re: Aphorisms
From: "C. Crowley" <cc5678 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 15:36:48 -0600

[Aphorisms] can serve as compasses when under the stress of a project.

I like them myself. Here are a couple of good ones:

- Three data points make a trend.

- All analogies are lies. <== I keep this one in mind because I use a lot of analogies in explaining unfamiliar concepts. If you let the analogies run away with you, the user gets a false impression and you yourself can also start mistaking the elements of the analogy for the elements of the system. Extrapolating about a system from an analogy about it brings about confusion faster than anything else. This is really a subset of "All information is incomplete." Information is to what's really going on as a GUI is to file systems and code (or silicon and electricity if you really want to get basic).

C. Crowley
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