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Carrot Problems

This article proposes a new category of problem:
1. an organization lies about how it achieved an impressive result
2. competitors or followers attempt to replicate the result by following the irrelevant techniques, and fail

It happens when the organization wishes to keep the reasons for their success a secret:
• they're dishonorable
• for competitive reasons
• the organization just got lucky

The name comes from the fact that the Allies in WWII promoted the idea that their pilots had gotten better at shooting down enemy planes because they'd eaten a lot of carrots rather than betraying the secret that they had a new and improved radar system.

Uri's article is more amusing than this post.

Source: Uri Bram
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