Jack's One Law For Everything
I was reading and commenting on a post about yet another instance of identity "theft", when I decided to crystallize a principle that seems rather obvious to me, but deserves to be treated as a "law". I call it Jack's One Law For Everything: Without a rock-solid problem statement, there can be no joy.
Almost every time I see a problem, it usually has arisen because somebody had a misconception about the nature of some other problem that they thought they were solving. Problems tend to cascade, unless you have a sufficient handle on the problem to truly stop it in its tracks.
Get the problem statement "right", and you stand a much better chance of achieving a durable success with far fewer unintended consequences.
Rock-solid problem statements are essential for technology ventures, especially those intended to be platforms or bases upon which other technologies are to be built.