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The metaphor is as follows: Imagine a financial committee meeting to discuss a three-point agenda.
The committee normally ends up running through the nuclear power plant proposal in little time because it's too advanced to really get into it.
The bike shed proposal takes much longer as everyone knows what it is and has an opinion that they want to air about it.
As the committee moves on to the coffee budget, suddenly everyone is an expert. _Before anyone realizes, they spend longer discussing the £21 coffee budget than the power plant and the bike shed combined.
The simpler a topic, the more people will have an opinion about it. However, when we mostly understand a topic, we feel compelled to say something, lest we look foolish.
With any topic, we should seek out the inputs from those who have done the work to have an opinion. If we want to contribute, it should be something valuable that will improve the outcome of the decision.
Also known as “bike-shedding" the Law of Triviality states that the amount of time spent discussing an issue in an organization is inversely proportioned to its actual importance. Minor issues will be discussed more, while complex issues will be discussed less.
Bike-shedding happens because the simpler a topic is, the more people will have an opinion on it and thus more to say about it.
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