October DevOps Meetup

David Lockwood: The Bike Shed Effect versus Sweating the Small Stuff

The bike shed effect, or Parkinson’s law of triviality, is an argument that organisations give disproportionate weight to trivial issues. In this talk we’ll look at some examples of this in IT projects and compare it to some of the ideas in Rory Sutherland’s TED talk on “Sweating the Small Stuff”.

Lightning talks (5-10 minutes)

If you want to give a lightning talk, please let Mick & Lindsay know!


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  • Stuart H.

    Really enjoyed the presentation and discussion.
    Details of the job opportunities for Converging Data can be found at http://www.convergingdata.com/j...­
    We have vacancies now in Sydney CBD and so please get in touch

    October 20, 2013

  • Stefan K.

    I very much like the discussion instead of the lightning talk

    1 · October 18, 2013

    • Lindsay H.

      We're gonna try and do a discussion every few months instead of the lightning talks. Requires a surprising amount of question preparation though :-)

      October 18, 2013

  • Jamie W.

    People asked about the QF32 investigation report. http://www.atsb.gov.au/publicat...­ is the link to the ATSB report summary, but be sure to read the PDF of the final report, in all its glorious detail!

    http://qf32.aero­ is the pilot's book's website.

    2 · October 18, 2013

    • Mick P.

      Thanks for posting the link !

      October 18, 2013

    • Lachlan


      October 18, 2013

  • Matt A.

    Great discussions were had. Really impressive.

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • Marc L.

    really enjoyed this meetup. The bikeshed effect talk was excellent and I liked how the audience was engaged. The following conversation about post-incident reviews was inclusive and interesting. The thoughts about you'll find what you're looking for in a post incident review; modelling incident responses from emergency services; management/what, not necessarily just who; carrot/stick/MO/bullying/backside covering/blame shifting etc. were all quite compelling & may inspire me to dig further on the topic.

    I am looking for work. I've done puppet work; my last role was as a sysadmin in an enterprise grade environment; I classify myself as a mid-level administrator in the enterprise space or senior in small business (I've worked in both). I've also done a bunch of other things like technical support, training, mentoring & induction, even retail sales. If you've got something, please get in touch & see if we're aligned - I'm very open minded. If you haven't ping me & say hi anyway!

    3 · October 18, 2013

  • Priyambada M.

    no guests with me

    September 21, 2013

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