La legge di Parkinson - Burocrazia e burosauri in una satira geniale e imprevedibile
Author: C. Northcote Parkinson, Luciano Bianciardi
Publisher: Aldo Garzanti Editore
Release Date: May 01, 1974
A must read. Many of our everyday decisions are (or should have been) based upon Parkinson's insights.
For example, he wrote "Work expands to fill the time allotted for it". If you schedule more time, you'll create more tasks to accomplish a particular goal.
The many corollaries derived from this law are significant.
“Junk expands to fill the space allotted for it”. Regardless of how much storage space we create, we’ll accumulate junk that will exceed the allotted space. The more highways we build the more traffic jams we create.
He described how in many organizations people rise to the “level of their incompetence”.
He noted the significance of an organization that has created excellent offices, beautiful grounds and buildings or excellent bureaucratic efficiency. Healthy growing organizations are always in chaos. The great Marble houses of banks and railroad terminals foretold the decline of those industries relative significance. When you’re busy growing and creating, you don’t have time or resources to devote to your own self admiration.