Wednesday, December 10, 2008

10 important laws to know about when writing business proposals

1. Hofstadter's Law 
It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take Hofstadter's Law into account

2. The Fundamental Theorem
New systems generate new problems

3. The Peter Principle
Employees rise to their level of incompetence

4. Rothbard's Law 
Everyone specializes in his own area of weakness

5. Hutber's Law 
Improvement means deterioration

6. Amara's Law 
We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run

7. Parkinson's Law
Work expands to fill the time available

8. Sturgeon's Revelation
90 percent of everything is crap

9. The Dilbert Principle
The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management

10. Sutton's Law 
Go where the money is

One more:
11. England's Law
The chances of winning a proposal are directly in proportion to the number of hours between finishing it and the time it has to be submitted.

OK, so I just made the last one up.