A camel is a horse designed by a committee

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a camel is a horse designed by a committee

Hell No, We Wont Go by Jim Stevens

The 1969 college football season is coming to a close and Touchdown Tony McIntyre couldn’t be riding higher. He’s in the running for the Heisman Trophy, on the cover of Sports Illustrated as “The next Joe Namath,” and about to be drafted into the NFL. He’s two wins away from taking his team to the Rose Bowl, when receives a letter from the Selective Service, “Greetings,”
This must be a mistake. Tony can’t get drafted, he’s about to get the biggest signing bonus in NFL history. Tony has to find a way out.
As anti-Vietnam war protestors make their voices heard on campus, Tony finds himself caught in the crossfire of one of the most decisive issues Americans have ever faced. All he ever wanted to do is play football, but he discovers he’s now in a much bigger arena. It all comes down to one Saturday in November, when Touchdown Tony McIntyre is thrust into a game where the stakes are life and death.
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A CAMEL IS A HORSE DESIGNED BY COMMITTEE

a camel is a horse designed by a committee

I heard it way back at the United Nations, which is chockfull of committees. It may have originated there, but I'd like an authoritative explanation. In , he and his family were exiled to Malta by the British Navy. At the young age of 15 he arrived in London. He began studing engineering and got a job working for Morris Motor Company. There he designed the Morris Minor. The small car was not well received, but when the Suez crisis brought about rationing, the BMC asked him to design an efficient small car.

Design by committee is a disparaging term for a project that has many designers involved but no unifying plan or vision. The term is used to refer to suboptimal traits that such a process may produce as a result of having to compromise between the requirements and viewpoints of the participants, particularly in the presence of poor leadership or poor technical knowledge, such as needless complexity, internal inconsistency, logical flaws, banality, and the lack of a unifying vision. This democratic design process is in contrast to autocratic design, or design by dictator , where the project leader decides on the design. The difference is that in an autocratic style, members of the organizations are not included and the final outcome is the responsibility of the leader. The term is especially common in technical parlance ; it legitimizes the need and general acceptance of a unique systems architect and stresses the need for technical quality over political feasibility.

Apparently the quote is attributed to Sir Alec Issigonis, a British car designer who worked at the Morris Minor Company from the age of 18 and went on to design the Mini. The Mini became one of the most loved cars of all time and Alec was knighted in to honour his success. I love this phrase and what it says about how to produce truly great design like the Mini. You have to be more of a benign dictator and trust your instincts. They say that to come up with a truly disruptive idea you have to be a truly disruptive person and again this is getting at the same point. When you come up with a new idea people will always put it in their own context of experiences, knowledge, preferences and personality.

Every time I hear it, I feel like the point of the metaphor is lost. A camel is a animal perfectly adapted and finely tuned for its environment and purpose: living in the Sahara Desert in extreme heat with little to no water for extended periods of time. It is a marvel of evolution.
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An expression critical of committeesuor by analogy, group decision-makinguby emphasizing the ineffectiveness of incorporating too many conflicting opinions into a single project. In this figure of speech, the distinguishing features of a camel, such as its humps and poor temperament, are taken to be the deformities that resulted from its poor design. The numerical value of a camel is a horse designed by a committee in Chaldean Numerology is: 7. The numerical value of a camel is a horse designed by a committee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3. Word in Definition.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Suzette C. says:

    Design by committee - Wikipedia

  2. Talgegaten says:

    the distinguishing features of a camel, such as its humps and poor temperament, are taken to be the deformities that resulted from its poor design. quotations.

  3. Yeray C. says:

    I HAVE no idea who first made a connection between camels and committees, but it seems to me to be used very unthinkingly. If the intention is to denigrate the .

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