Are you shaving your yak?

As an IT professional, I often find myself yak-shaving – if you don’t know the term, it’s basically the end result of a series of possibly unrelated and (more than likely) unexpected hoops you need to jump through to do something – it’s a term I’ve only recently discovered but am now using more and more often to describe aspects of my job that aren’t actually “doing the thing I’m trying to do”

Seth Godin has a great example on his blog which does a nice job of explaining the term – Don’t shave that yak and there are many other examples out there… (e.g. this one)