Parkinson's law


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Related to Parkinson's law: Peter Principle, Murphy's Law

Parkinson's law

the idea that the work you have to do will increase to fill all of the time you have to do it in If you tell him you want the work done by tomorrow, he'll get it done this afternoon, if you tell him next Thursday, he'll spend a week on it. It's Parkinson's law.
See also: law
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With application sizes doubling every 18 months according to Gate's Law and the associated file sizes growing at nearly the same rate as dictated by Parkinson's Law, end-users are often finding data transfer times unacceptably slow on networks running at less than 1 Gb/s.
As Parkinson's Law reveals, a rising number of civil servants seldom reflects a growing volume of work to be done.
But his major claim to fame was Parkinson's Law (1957), which began a delightful series of books about how organizations make decisions, particularly bad ones.
A modern-day Parkinson's Law decrees that the more press officers there are, the less the voters believe the politicians.
In the spatial equivalent of Parkinson's Law where ' work expands so as to fill the time available', many manufacturing processes spread out to encompass any unused floor space they may have.
Increasing Productivity with Decreasing Time Limits: A Field Replication of Parkinson's Law.
What you can say for Venables is that he's one of the few who doesn't conform with Parkinson's Law - that work expands to fill the time allotted to it.
In connection with this point I would like to make reference to a note made by Professor Parkinson in his book on Parkinson's law, "if a specific case is investigated whether Parkinson's law applies to it or not, the conclusion is always that Parkinson's law is not applicable to that specific case.
There is a Parkinson's law applicable to both labor and management.
Elements Of Control - Theory Of Rewards - Mcgregor's Theory X And Theory Y - Decision Making And The Principle Of Authority - Management By Exception - Management By Objectives - Optimization, Equifinality, And Systems View - Parkinson's Law - The Peter Principle - The Paradigm Problem - Informal Leadership And Organizations - Organizational Entropy - Group Dynamics - Total Quality Management - The Clinical Approach - Principles Of Functional Conflict - Resolution Of Personal Conflicts - Individual Entropy And Personal Power - The Negative Feedback Principle - Leadership - Limitations Of Experts - Principles Of Communication - Performing The Transition
As there is no second chamber, they have created 21 committees whose only function is to rectify the mistakes made by their fellow AMs, each making work for the other (a type of Parkinson's Law perpetual motion).
As Parkinson's Law states: work expands to fill time available
I WONDER whether David Cameron has been reading that 1967 classic, Parkinson's Law, with the introduction added in 1985 by the perspicacious Prince Philip, all too often referred to as a "gaffer".
While he refers to me as a slow reader and suggests I should be capable of recognising irony and Parkinson's Law, I would counter with the comment that a man of his years should be capable of recognising sarcasm and the now infamous "Archie Syndrome".
This'll be the fifth restaurant I've opened and I've learnt that each project is somewhat subject to Parkinson's Law in that it doesn't matter which date one sets to open, the last 10 days will always be absolute panic.
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