Updated at 2018-01-03 14:44

Bikeshedding is manifestation of Parkinson's Law of Triviality.

Parkinson's Law of Triviality is C. Northcote Parkinson's 1957 argument that members of an organization give disproportionate weight to trivial issues.

He uses an example of a fictional committee whose job is to approve plans for a nuclear power plant spending the majority of their time discussing relatively minor but easy-to-grasp issues, such as the materials used for the staff bike shed.

Thus the term, bikeshedding.