Meaning – The term nit, refers to a task, such as improving the user interface to a program, that has not yet been done and should be easy to do.

In IT, just like in other areas, the word “nit” refers to a small imperfection or a minor glitch in a system or piece of software, or some other technology. Developers and others evaluate the software for nits, and people who bring a high level of perfectionism to a project may be called “nitpickers.”

This term should not be confused with the acronym NIT, which is a certain type of virtualization certification called Networking Infrastructure Technology.

In lighting, a nit is a unit of visible-light intensity, commonly used to specify the brightness of a cathode ray tube or liquid crystal display computer display.  One nit is equivalent to one candela per square meter.

Example of usage“The idea of “nits” in a project is often useful in discussing how to fine-tune software development or other jobs.”