Managerese vs. Engineerese
Managerese
Engineerese
Adjust schedule
Slip schedule
Advise
Order
Ambitious
Unlikely
Agressive
Very Unlikely
Challenge
Frustration; a dirty job nobody wants
Compatibility
Impossibility (see "Transparent change")
Contribution
Anything a manager likes
Controlled introduction
Let the customer do the CA
Couldn't reach consensus
Total disagreement
Critical path
Something that only a short project can be on
Diagnostics
Something that might give us a clue
Dynamic
Unstable
Elevated to mgt. level
Dead
Encouraged
Ordered
Encouraging process
No tangible results
Exciting
Frightening
Functionally complete
Can do something that appears to work for any feature
Growth opportunity
Learning experience
Helping people
Telling people what to do
Historical
Nobody remembers why
Inappropriate
Stupid (see "Non-optimal" and "Stupid")
Individual contributor
Regular grunt engineer
Interesting
Bear in mind the Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times"
Issue
Problem (see "Opportunity")
Learning experience
Mistake (see "Growth opportunity")
Less than candid
Boldface lie
Leverage
Borrowing someone else's problem
New opportunity
Surprise
Non-optimal
Inappropriate
Opportunity
Problem
Pessimistic
Most likely to occur
Positioning problem
No one will buy it
Power down
Trip over the power-cord
Project transfer
Start project over again
Quality
Japanese; otherwise not well defined
Redirected
In some contexts: cancelled; otherwise: start again
Resource constrained
Not getting done (see "Time constrained")
Revision
Same software version but from another tape
Richness
Overwhelming complexity
Scenario
Fairy tale
Significantly reduced subset
Castrated
Stable
Stagnant
Strategy
What we tell ourselves we are going to do
Strong personality
Intolerably obnoxious
Strongly encouraged
Ordered on pain of death (see "Encouraged")
Stupid
Incredibly stupid (see "Inappropriate")
Suboptimal
Inappropriate
Tactical plan
What our customers tell us we are going to do
Time constrained
Already too late (see "Resource constrained")
Time frame
A period of time in which something will not occur
Transparent change
A change which introduces only subtle problems
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