Take for example patterns of behaviour. Here are a few things that I see on a regular basis:
- The Developer Effect - The software application always works as expected on a Developer's computer.
- The IT Effect - Any weird or unexpected computer behaviour (e.g. unable to print) will suddenly start to work correctly when you call an IT Helpdesk person over and they are looking over your shoulder as you retry the steps.
- The QA Effect - Any normally working system will suddenly stop working as expected when a Tester starts to look at something.
Ha ha. Is that Murphy's Law, or what?
I wonder how many other "Effects" there are in this industry? Write back a Comment to this Blog entry to let me know if you've come across any other immediate patterns. I'd be very interested to hear them.