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June 17, 2005

The two things you need to know about…

Writing about web page http://timworstall.typepad.com/timworstall/2005/06/weekend_competi_1.html

Saw this on Tim Worstall's blog and it strikes me as a cool meme. He says:-

The aim is to take some area of knowledge, any area, and boil it down to the two things that you really need to know about it. Two things that encapsulate, as far as is possible, the full wisdom and experience of the field.

He in turn borrowed the meme from Glen Whitman whose web page has many, many examples.

Some examples from Tim and Glenn's sites:-

Psychiatry

  1. All people are nuts some of the time.
  2. Some people are nuts all of the time.

Project Management

  1. The schedule will slip.
  2. It's about how you manage the schedule slippage.

Now, this is a university where, we like to think, lots of people know lots of things about lots of things. So what are your two things you need to know about [...] ? My suggestion (with apologies to Pixar):-

Two things about superheroes

  1. Villains always talk too much
  2. Avoid capes

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