When a simple or unimportant task becomes complicated due to engineering reasons. Generally, the person performing the simple task is overcome by the idea that the task is their life's work or that it must be done with unsurpassed accuracy. Because of this, a task that should take one day to complete takes over a year to finish. This can also apply to projects that should take a fairly long time, but end up taking eons.
Jim: That engine stand project is sure going slowly.
Burt: Yeah, it must be the Kirdoppler Effect.
Joe: Hey Stan, can you recite the shortest poem you know?
Stan: Recites poem that lasts five minutes and is anti-climactic.
Joe: Wow, I think you were hit by the Kirdoppler Effect.