Bike Shedding

Bike shedding refers to a strange situation where a group will spend most of their time and energy discussing minor or irrelevant issues instead of more significant and complex ones. It comes from C. Northcote Parkinson of Parkinson’s law fame. He noted that a discussion about the design of a bike shed would be longer than one of a nuclear plant because everyone and anyone can chip in on a bike shed design.


Sketchy Ideas: Bike Shedding: Tackling the Trivial and Embracing Priorities