I've worked with a lot of people who confuse effort with effectiveness.
When you ask "How might we solve this problem with the least amount of effort?" sometimes there is weird resistance because everyone has been conditioned to look busy.
— Erika Hall (@mulegirl) April 1, 2021
I run into this in the business and IT world constantly.
I cannot even count the number of times I’ve said something like, “Let’s do this. It gets us 99% of the way there, takes 1/10 of the time and cost, and is much easier to document and understand.”
And it’s rejected because it does not look like enough effort. Anyone who thinks businesses even most of the time take the most efficient or productive path is fully fucking bonkers. That is the exception rather than the rule, really.