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   Re: [xml-dev] The myth of 80/20

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On Thu, 2004-03-04 at 19:06, Robert Koberg wrote:
> Eric van der Vlist wrote:
>
> > I don't know (I have never been good at making money), but I don't see
> > how that relates to the mis-usage of the 80/20 to accept or reject
> > technical feature requests without any cost and market analysis.
> 
> Well, the 80/20 rule, while originally thought up by an Italian 
> economists who discovered 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of 
> the people, has been applied to many other things. In the situation we 
> are discussing (?), it is simply that by covering 80% of the some thing 
> you get to the place you want. By trying to cover more, you usually 
> don't get there.

But that Italian economist had some measurement to build his theory on.
My point was that in most of the cases where I see the 80/20 rule used,
especially when writing specifications, there is no such measurement and
the 80/20 is just an excuse to refuse features.

Eric 
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