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Bikeshed [Feb. 6th, 2006|03:15 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I was explaining this to David earlier, but I'd forgotten the proper term:


Why Should I Care What Color the Bikeshed Is?
"The really, really short answer is that you should not. The somewhat longer answer is that just because you are capable of building a bikeshed does not mean you should stop others from building one just because you do not like the color they plan to paint it. This is a metaphor indicating that you need not argue about every little feature just because you know enough to do so. Some people have commented that the amount of noise generated by a change is inversely proportional to the complexity of the change."

[User Picture]From: anildash
2006-02-07 03:15 am (UTC)
god i love the bikeshed story, because it's more effective than pulling a godwin in ending a tech discussion. i win!

also, there needs to be a corollary for situations where people argue even though they *don't* know enough to do so. this is usually marketing people trying to make tech decisions or tech people trying to make business decisions. either way, very satisfying when someone says "i'll let you paint that particular shed".
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