Parkinson's Law of Triviality

Posted Sun Dec 16 @ 07:26:27 PM PDT 2012

Anyone in a decision making role should be made aware of Parkinson's Law of Triviality (the cool kids call it "bikeshedding"):

The time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. A reactor is used because it is so vastly expensive and complicated that an average person cannot understand it, so one assumes that those that work on it understand it. On the other hand, everyone can visualize a cheap, simple bicycle shed, so planning one can result in endless discussions because everyone involved wants to add a touch and show personal contribution.

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