How to survive the consultation process when everyone has an opinion You have been charged with getting two proposals off the ground. The first proposal is for a Nuclear Power Plant. The second is for a new Bike Shed. Way back in 1956, a gentleman by the name of C. Northcote Parkinson described the above scenario to illustrate a concept now referred to as Parkinson’s Law of Triviality. The thing is, nuclear power is complicated. It requires a lot of specific expert knowledge. So much so in fact, that the average person cannot really understand it all. Consequently, when faced with a proposal for a power plant, most stakeholders will assume that someone else has checked all the details before
Redbubble is not unique in expecting interview candidates to be able to analyze and design a model for a complicated problem on the fly. It’s a useful and interesting mental exercise for developers, and it gives us an amazing insight into how candidates go about solving problems. But it can also be stressful for candidates who aren’t used to it. The interview will begin like this: We will give you some ‘business rules’ for a system we would like designed, maybe also a few constraints, and then we will ask you to design it for us. The final design you come up with will be different for every problem-person combination, so I can’t tell you what the answer will be.