The Chuck Norris Syndrome

Chuck Norris Syndrome
When Chuck Norris talk, everybody listen. And die

Chuck Norris is the man who can do anything, and the universe is afraid of him. Not just the people in the universe, the actual universe itself.

The abilities are collected in Chuck Norris facts, which include:

  • Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.
  • Chuck Norris’ hand is the only hand that can beat a Royal Flush.
  • Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.
  • Chuck Norris doesn’t wear a watch, HE decides what time it is.

In managing Projects, clients can easily fall into this Chuck Norris Syndrome

They wants us to make everything better without changing anything (anything at all),  as if we could “chuck norris” the situation:

  • The system works because Chuck Norris tells it to work
  • Chuck Norris doesn’t need a test suite. The test suite needs Chuck Norris.
  • CPUs run faster to get away from Chuck Norris
  • Chuck Norris normalizes all schema just by inserting random data
  • Chuck Norris can compile syntax errors
  • Packets travel faster than the speed of light for Chuck Norris, but he can still catch them
  • Chuck Norris has Internet 3
  • Chuck Norris can parse invalid XML

The essence of Chuck Norris Syndrome is a believe that:

Chuck Norris can fix everything without changing anything.

Don’t laugh… it really happen.

This issue has nothing to do with code, technology, open source, or closed. Rather, we’re discussing a basic human tendency toward stasis and inertia: the desire to avoid change or try something new.

While there’s no silver bullet, no ‘ultimate jimat’,  simply being aware of the problem often helps.


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A seasoned digital practitioner with more than 12 years of progressive experiences in the Creative and Digital industry, serving as Designer, Game Designer /Programmer, Web Analyst, Project Manager, Creative Development Manager, Head of Online Services, and Managing Director.