The Pregnant Woman Theory

If one woman can make a baby in nine months, then nine women can make a baby in 30 days. Right?

Now you may laugh, but this is the most common problem in knowledge work.

Throwing more resources at the problem and hoping it will go away won’t solve anything.

Putting more work planners on a big drawing job doesn’t make it better. Some work simply has a fixed workload.

It has been repeatedly shown that it is more effective to make individual tasks easier, more fun and less disruptive, rather than adding more capacity.

Moral of the story?

More capacity does not always lead to more output. This is especially true for knowledge work.

Therefore, always start by eliminating the disruptions before you consider putting more people on a job.

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