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Parkinson's Law of Triviality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson's_Law_of_Triviality
"Parkinson's law of triviality, also known as bikeshedding or the bicycle-shed example, is C. Northcote Parkinson's 1957 argument that organizations give disproportionate weight to trivial issues. Parkinson demonstrated this by contrasting the triviality of the cost of building a bike shed in contrast to an atomic reactor. The law has been applied to software development[1] and other activities, and is known as the "the 'colour of the bike shed' effect".[2]" ‎- silpol