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Monday, October 24, 2005
Don't break Parkinson's Law
I read the Parkinson's Law book many years ago, probably when i was in my poly school days.

Being a student then, even though i understood the concept of the law, i had a view that it shouldn't be something that could happen in real life, especially in top professional organizations.

Reading one of the latest posts from 37signals, it reminds me of that concept, and realizing how true it actually is.

One of the things that i hate the most in computer software is the unnecessary feature bloat. Of course you might need to use that feature once in a year, but because of that, most software would configure themselves to be in memory every single day.

In work related issues, instead of simplifying processes, i'm seeing more and more unnecessary levels of transfers of responsibilities, separation of duties (the official term), tiered model responses etc. Instead of a one stop shop, many a time the same department will become just one more step in the neverending increasing of frustrations.

Can something be done? It's hard. With different and conflicting interests, every single point of discussion becomes ammunication for war. Sad, ain't it?
posted by Jonathan at 11:17 AM | Permalink |