Parkinson's law


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

Parkinson's law

The facetious notion that a person will find ways to fill the amount of time they are given to do something, even if they could complete the task sooner. Don't tell him he has until the end of the month to finish it, because he'll find a way to spend that whole time doing it. Instead, tell him he just has two weeks, and he'll finish it in that time. It's Parkinson's law.
See also: law

ˈParkinson’s law

(humorous) the idea that work will always take as long as the time you have to do it: I don’t know why this report is taking me so long. Parkinson’s law, I suppose.This is the title of a book by C. Northcote Parkinson about inefficient administration.
See also: law
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So to return to your question: does Parkinson's law of triviality apply to the [agency] procurement process?
Anyone who needs to read each word of a letter or article in order to understand its essence or theme should at least be capable of recognising irony and Parkinson's Law.
Parkinson's law says that work expands to fit the time available - tasks take as long as you give them.
Combining this new unlimited source of revenue and Parkinson's Law that states "expenditures will rise to meet income" gives you the outrageous salaries of elected officials.
Northcote Parkinson, a British historian and author formulated Parkinson's Law (Parkinson, 1958).
Become less efficient: While Parkinson's law ('Work expands to fill the time available for its completion') has never been repealed, sometimes allowing your work to expand is exactly what to do.
Without being pejorative, figures of this type tend to follow a derivative of Parkinson's law, expanding to fit the available space on the balance sheet.
Whatever the merit of Parkinson's Law, the blunt economic truth is that Birmingham is not doing as well as many of its competitor cities.
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.
Parkinson's law works for pasts independently of the character of their incumbents .
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.
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