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Sunday, April 03, 2016

Look at the Dark Side of Metcalf's Law

The problem with the increasing size of your network, statistics:

Bain & Company:
" ... Telecommunications networks in general—and the Internet in particular—have changed our lives forever. Metcalfe’s Law explains why they’ve become so powerful: A network’s value increases exponentially with its size, meaning that the more people are using it, the more their participation enhances the network. This is generally a very good thing, but not always. Metcalfe’s Law, it turns out, has a dark side when it comes to workplace productivity.

As the cost of initiating one-to-one and one-to-many interactions drops to zero, the number of interactions increases—exponentially. By our estimates, a senior executive who in the 1970s might have received fewer than 1,000 outside phone calls, telexes or telegrams a year now faces a tidal wave of 30,000 emails and other electronic communications. Moreover, connected enterprises and automated scheduling have driven meeting time through the roof. At one company we analyzed as part of an organization- wide time-management study, employees throughout the organization spent a staggering 300,000 hours a year supporting a single weekly executive committee meeting. ... " 

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