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An Introduction to Catastrophe Disentanglement

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In Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese [9], the little people keep coming back to where the cheese used to be even though it’s not there anymore. It’s a natural tendency to continue doing what we did before even when, to an outside observer, it no longer makes sense. This behavior is quite common when software projects get into trouble. We keep plodding away at the project hoping that the problems will go away and the “cheese” will miraculously reappear. In all too many cases, it doesn’t.

Just as the smart thing to do when a ball of twine seems hopelessly entangled is to stop whatever we are doing ...

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