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Weighing a Pig

Slang; the practice of spending so much time trying to measure results that one is distracted from producing results. For example, a manager may spend so much energy finding innovative ways to measure market share that she does not do enough to actually improve it.
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He used the analogy of "weighing of pigs" - an old farming expression sometimes used by the teaching profession that so much time is spent weighing the pig, or forecasting what the pig is likely to weigh, that there is less time to feed the pig.
With enthusiasm I began to expand on the analogy and my little speech was more or less as follows: "It's not just a matter of weighing the pig. We need to make sure the mechanism for weighing is accurate.
"Are we using the same type of scales we used the last time for weighing the pig? We need to analyse what weighing the pig will show us.
"Weighing the pig doesn't make it fatter," I explained.
Dr Dunford will tell colleagues at a conference this weekend: "Weighing the pig more often does not fatten it.
And after all, weighing the pig more often doesn't make the pig any fatter."