Parkinson’s best known law “work expands to fill the available time” is only one of several, and his law on perfect buildings seems spot on.
When a company or other organization is finally able to plan and build the perfect building for itself, the building best suited to its needs, that organization is in the throes of petrification and death.
Parkinson observed that a vital organization is always working in makeshift quarters, cramped spaces, making do, and splitting up into multiple sites to handle its overflow of employees. The dying organization has time to plan, and perhaps a static target to plan for. Beware of that perfect building. (I’ve worked for three companies that followed this law faithfully; the third time, it was easy to see that the company was obeying this Parkinson law.)Posted by tobias robison