Every method works well on the scenarios its author publishes

Excerpt from Works well versus well understood from John D. Cook’s Blog:

“Every method works well on the scenarios its author publishes, almost by definition. If the method didn’t handle a scenario well, the author would publish a different scenario. Even if the author didn’t select the most flattering scenarios, he or she may simply not have considered unflattering scenarios. The latter is particularly understandable, almost inevitable.”

Although this is actually about methods in Statistics and Simulation, it strongly reminded me to methods in Software Engineering, especially the kind of presentations like “We applied method abc in project xyz, and solely due to abc, xyz was such a great success …”.

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