Murphy’s Laws of Bureaucracies

Acheson’s Rule of the Bureaucracy :
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.

Rule of Bureaucracies :
It is impossible to distinguish, from a distance, whether the bureaucrats associated with your project are simply sitting on their hands, or frantically trying to cover their asses.

Principle of Displaced Hassle :
To beat the bureaucracy, make your problem their problem.

Smith’s Principles of Bureaucratic Tinkertoys :
1. Never use one word where a dozen will suffice.
2. If it can be understood, it’s not finished yet.
3. Never be the first to do anything.

Evelyn’s Rules for Bureaucratic Survival :
A bureaucrat’s castle is his desk … and parking place.
Proceed cautiously when changing either.

H.L. Mencken’s Law :

Those who can – do.
Those who cannot – teach.
Those who cannot teach – administrate.

Dyer’s Law :

A continuing flow of paper is sufficient to continue the flow of paper.

Hendrickson’s Law :
If a problem causes many meetings, the meetings eventually become important than the problem.

Nameless Laws:

A meeting is an event where minutes are kept and the hours are lost.

A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain.

Courtesy of Jest for Pun by Gunjan Saraf

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