Macco's Sledgehammer Versus Occam's Razor

by Brian McConnell

I recently met up with Charlie Schick, a colleage of mine at Nokia. Over several pints of Chimay, we remarked that managers seem to prefer complex and convoluted solutions to problems over simpler, more economical alternatives. We wondered if this was the inverse of Occam's Razor, which paraphrased states that the simplest explanation for a phenomenon is usually correct.

We coined the phrase Macco's Sledgehammer to describe this tendency to make things more complicated than they have to be. Just putting this out there so people can add this to their Buzzword Bingo cards....