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be like herding cats

To be very unwieldy or unmanageable; to be nearly impossible to organize. Usually said of a group of people. Getting all of the extended family into their right places for the reunion photo was like herding cats! It's like herding cats trying to manage all these different software development teams.
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Tim Hicks, ABC, a Web expert (and author of "A Guide to Using E-Mail Effectively," a Getting Started Series book available from IABC) passed on this quote: "Internet users are stubborn and independent - and steering them through your site is like herding cats.
Leading people in a law firm is a lot like herding cats, but as the cat-herder said in the commercial, "It ain't an easy job, but when you bring a herd into town and you ain't lost a one of them--there ain't a feeling like it in the world.
The title of "Herding Cats" refers to a description, popular among law firm managers, that running a law firm is "just like herding cats.