Det er to meget forskellige ting: Samlebånd er ikke hurtigere end det langsomste led mens en spand brigade udnytter alle deltageres styrker, uden at lade deres svagheder trække andre ned.
I love a good bucket brigade, but they’re surprisingly hard to find. A good bucket brigade is where you accept your load, rotate 180 degrees and walk until you reach the next person, load that person, do another volte-face, and walk until someone loads you. A good bucket brigade isn’t just passing things from person to person. It’s a dynamic system in which autonomous units bunch and debunch as is optimal given the load and the speed and energy levels of each participant. A good bucket brigade is a thing of beauty, something whose smooth coordination arises from a bunch of disjointed parts who don’t need to know anything about the system’s whole state in order to help optimize it.
In a good bucket brigade, the mere act of walking at the speed you feel comfortable with and carrying no more than you can safely lift and working at your own pace produces a perfectly balanced system in which the people faster than you can work faster, and the people slower than you can work slower. It is the opposite of an assembly line, where one person’s slowness is the whole line’s problem. A good bucket brigade allows everyone to contribute at their own pace, and the more contributors you get, the better it works.
— Cory Doctorow, fra “The Man Who Sold the Moon“
Det skal vi huske når vi arbejder, både derhjemme og på job.
Det er i øvrigt utrolig svært at finde et godt billede af spand brigader, da de oftest afbilledes som samlebånd.