Just another yak shaver
Yak shaving is what you are doing when you’re doing some stupid, fiddly little task that bears no obvious relationship to what you’re supposed to be working on, but yet a chain of twelve causal relations links what you’re doing to the original meta-task.
“Hey, Scott, can you deploy that web site?
Ok, do I have access? No, gotta get it. Passwords? Deployment technique? Web Farm? Scaling how? Web framework not configured? Oh, what about the connection string?
“Hey, Scott, is that site deployed yet?”
“No, I’m still shaving this yak.”