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Bikeshedding

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A lightning talk I gave at a UX-themed lightning talk round, about what Bikeshedding is and how to use psychology to avoid it with your clients.

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Bikeshedding

  1. 1. Bikeshedding Parkinson’s Law of Triviality
  2. 2. “…work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” - C. Northcote Parkinson “Parkinson’s Law” The Economist, 1955
  3. 3. Definition "The time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum [of money] involved.“
  4. 4. Fort Calhoun Nuclear Reactor 660 acres 484 MW 600,000 -800,000 pounds of nuclear waste on site Population within 50 miles: 953,410 people $180 million just to recommission after 2011 floo
  5. 5. Waltons Tongue And Groove Apex Wooden Bike Shed 7’ x 3’ Factory Dip Treated 10mm Solid Sheet Board Floor 10 year anti-rot guarantee
  6. 6. Joint Welfare Committee’s 3-Item Agenda: 1.Signing of a £10 million contract to build a reactor 2.Proposal to build a £350 bicycle shed for the clerical staff 3.£21 a year to supply refreshments for the Joint Welfare Committee. Time Taken: The reactor - 2.5 minutes. The bike shed - 45 minutes. The coffee - 75 minutes and no actual
  7. 7. Why Does It Exist? I Don’t Know I Don’t Understand Someone Must Have Validated This I Must Not Look Dumb I Know I Understand I Want To Matter I Must Prove My Worth
  8. 8. Why Does It Exist?
  9. 9. "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… Some people have commented that the amount of noise generated by a change is inversely proportional to the complexity of the change.“ - Poul Henning Kamp FreeBSD Mailing List,
  10. 10. Can you maybe make it more … swoopy? And it needs to be a more dynamic blue.
  11. 11. What Can I Do About It? The Legit Way Design Studio with the Client
  12. 12. What Can I Do About It? The Legit Way Objective UX Subjective UX
  13. 13. What Can I Do About It? The Sneaky Way The Duck Method
  14. 14. Thanks! Questions?

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