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Why Should I Care What Color the Bikeshed Is?

Posted 14 October 2018 - 12:37 PM

For those who discovered how much harder it is to get simple code changes go through a code review compared to major features:
"... Some people have commented that the amount of noise generated by a change is inversely proportional to the complexity of the change."

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Parkinson shows how you can go in to the board of directors and get approval for building a multi-million or even billion dollar atomic power plant, but if you want to build a bike shed you will be tangled up in endless discussions.

Parkinson explains that this is because an atomic plant is so vast, so expensive and so complicated that people cannot grasp it, and rather than try, they fall back on the assumption that somebody else checked all the details before it got this far. Richard P. Feynmann gives a couple of interesting, and very much to the point, examples relating to Los Alamos in his books.

A bike shed on the other hand. Anyone can build one of those over a weekend, and still have time to watch the game on TV. So no matter how well prepared, no matter how reasonable you are with your proposal, somebody will seize the chance to show that he is doing his job, that he is paying attention, that he is *here*.


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Re: Why Should I Care What Color the Bikeshed Is?

Posted 14 October 2018 - 12:57 PM

Important thing to note - Parkinson's, in this case, does not mean the disease. It took me three re-reads to make that connection.
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