27 July 2007

Conservation of Annoyance

a fundamental law of IT: the total annoyance (A) of working in a large corporate office remains constant given no external interactions.
A = γm0βzzz
where m0 is the mass of a solution at rest, βzzz is the amount of bureaucracy, and γ (the Gähnen factor) is given by
γ = (1-v2/c2)-1/2
where v is the team velocity, and c is the velocity with Rails. that is, when more productive tools or solutions are selected, there will be an equal rise in the amount of bureaucracy associated with implementing that change.

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