The Hierarchy of Power Semantics
(A story of software development)
In the beginning was the Plan and the Specification.
And the Plan was without form and the Specification it was void.
And darkness was on the face of the implementation team.
And they spake unto their leader, saying,
"It is a crock of s**t and it stinks to high heaven."
And it was the leader and it was the project head.
Now the leader spake unto the project head, saying,
"It is a crock of faeces and intolerably malodorous."
And it was the project head and it was the department manager.
Now the project head spake unto his department manager, saying,
"It is a container of excrement and its effluvium is very strong."
And it was the department manager and it was the product manager.
Now the department manager spake unto his product manager, saying,
"It is a vessel of fertilizer of overpowering strength."
And it was the product manager and it was the marketing manager.
Now the product manager spake unto his marketing manager, saying,
"It containeth that which aideth the growth of plants and strong it is."
And it was the marketing manager and it was the area manager.
Now the marketing manager spake unto his area manager, saying,
"It promoteth growth and it is very powerful."
And it was the area manager and it was the general manager.
Now the area manager spake unto his general manager, saying,
"This powerful new product will promote the growth of the company."
And the general manager looked on the product and saw that it was good.