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- n. Futile investment of time and energy in marginal technical issues.
- n. Procrastination.
bikeshed + -ing. The word originates in Berkeley Software Distribution culture and implies technical disputes over minor, marginal issues conducted while more serious ones are being overlooked. The implied image is of people arguing over what color to paint the bicycle shed while the house is not finished. The word has its origins in Parkinson’s Law of Triviality. (Wiktionary)