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Law of Triviality

People within an organization commonly give disproportionate weight to trivial issues.
#bike-shedding
Zettelkasten, January 07, 2021
## Notes - People within an organization commonly give disproportionate weight to trivial issues. - If they need to discuss a database architecture (more important) and the color of a button (less important), they'll spend more time discussing the button. - This happens because the more important topic the more complex it may be, and the group assumes that the ones who'll work on it understand it. - An average person cannot understand it, the majority of the group. - The less important topic may be less complex, everyone has an opinion and want to add a personal contribution. - **Can result in endless discussion.** - Now imagine this scenario and add a lot of bureaucracy and formalisms, like a parliamentary session. - Also known as: - bicycle-shed effect; - bike-shed effect; - bike-shedding. - It's a corollary of the [Parkinson's Law](/zettel/parkinson-s-law). ## References - [Law of triviality](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_triviality)
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