The perfect description of work by committee in a bureaucracy–(From Neal Stephenson’s The System of the World):
But more than one apparatus of His Majesty’s Government had become interested, and so it had waxed cumbersome, and been both over-and under-planned. There had been meetings; that much was obvious. Bright young things had attended them, shaped the agendas, had their say, been noted down in the minutes. Someone had anticipated a need to remove the doors of the Vault by main force. Petards, winches, ox-teams had been concatenated to the Bill of Necessaries. Delays and misunderstandings had propagated. No one had showed up at exactly the right time. Important men had missed opportunities to see the humorous side. Obstinacy and indignation were the order of the day.
Sounds like the story of my life, sometimes!