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Joe Strazzere
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Annoying Business Jargon
      #709660 - 06/12/12 04:53 AM

In http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2...usiness-jargon/ Jennifer Chatman, management professor at the University of California-Berkeleys Haas School of Business says:
Quote:

"Jargon masks real meaning. People use it as a substitute for thinking hard and clearly about their goals and the direction that they want to give others."



I tend to agree.

One that I particularly dislike: Best Practices

What jargon do you dislike the most?

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #709684 - 06/12/12 06:25 AM

Not on the above list but I dislike this one: Disruptive Technology

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: Rajkumar_Rajangam]
      #709719 - 06/12/12 12:52 PM

Cloud Computing a.k.a The Cloud.

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: MArk B.]
      #709943 - 06/14/12 02:26 PM

Heard a new one today.
"We need to connect the dot."

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: MArk B.]
      #710070 - 06/18/12 05:48 AM

So what happened to "Putting lipstick on a pig"? I've used that way too often as many leaders attemp just that!

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: Rich W.]
      #710209 - 06/19/12 07:31 AM

I had a spreadsheet of over a hundred corporate buzzwords. Here are a few I've heard recently: solutionize, stuffology, provisionment, wallet share, tribal knowledge, special sauce, least bad, ask (in noun form, as in "what is your ask?"), traction, leverage, silo, synergize

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: jpolvino]
      #710213 - 06/19/12 09:03 AM

"stuffology"

I've heard the rest, but this one is new to me.

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #710242 - 06/19/12 01:50 PM

My supervisor uses the term "heads down" when we want to be focused. I knew a farmer who would watch his cows: if one of them raised their head too often he would sell them to the processing plant. This thought always comes to mind when my supervisor uses this jargon.

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: cybersurf]
      #710345 - 06/20/12 08:09 AM

Google buzzword bingo.



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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: SteveO44]
      #710350 - 06/20/12 09:20 AM

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Google buzzword bingo.






At one place I worked we had a program to output cards, we'd put in results from meetings so that the words were constantly updated with well used lingo and new ones we learned in meetings.

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: michaeljf]
      #710536 - 06/22/12 09:13 AM

A good while ago, I worked for a large organisation that was implementing BS5750 (yes, *that* long ago) *and* Total Quality Management at the same time.

TQM was buzzword/ jargonese gone mad. We used to come up our own:

TCE - That's close enough.
CCH (unit of measurement) - Cats c*ck-hair (this may be just a Brit thing..)
SEP -Somebody else's problem (from Douglas Adams)


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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: Ade2012]
      #710672 - 06/25/12 02:25 PM

Joe

"Best Practices"

Yeah I cringe when I hear that term, it usually means "I Have Given Up" or "This is good as I think it gets"

Corporations will act to defend themselves I see it daily where I work and will actively attack change agents.

One term I hate relates to environments, the term "Re-Purpose" to give the impression modifying an environment to a different purpose is a trivial task.



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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: rtehve]
      #711161 - 06/29/12 07:34 PM

Here are a few more I have personally heard. I have a spreadsheet that dates back to when I started collecting these, around 1995.

24/7
360-degree survey
60,000 foot level
A 'crystal ball' question
A heads-up
Action plan
Actionable items
Align
All-hands meeting
Alliance
Alpha office
Analysis paralysis
Ankle-biting
Automagically
Back-pedalling
Bad thing
Bandwidth
Belt and suspenders
Best of breed
Between the boat and the dock
Big picture
Big truck theory
Bilateral
Bio-break
Blame-storming
Bleeding edge
Bloatware
Blue sky
BOHICA
Bottom line
Bounce it off
Bounding box
Brain dump
Brick-and-mortar
Bucketize
Business case
Business silo
Buttonology
Button-pushing
Buy-in
Cash neutral
Chainsaw art
Chalk talk
Champion
Change agent
Checkpoint
Chip away at it
Click into
Click-and-mortar
Close the gap
Closure
Cluster analysis
Cluster teams
Co-located
Conceptualize
Configuration management
Contributation
Conventialities
Core capability
Core competency
Cost-benefit analysis
Course of the ship
Cradle to grave
Cranial rectosis
Critical mass
Critical to function
Cross-functional business decision architecture
Cross-functional reporting matrix
Cross-functional team
Cross-pollination
Crystal-balling
Cube farm
Dagwood sandwich
Decoupling
Decruitment
Deep dive initiative
Deliverable
Deselect
Detail oriented
Dichotomy
Dip into the well
Directional vector
Distributed development infrastructure
Do the right thing
Dog and pony show
Domain drivers
Don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you
Double-edged sword
Dovetail
Downsize
Downtime
Drill down
Drive
Drop the ball
Drop-dead date
Economies of scale
Eleventh hour
Emerging technology
Emotional leakage
Empower
Empower upward
Empowered environment
Enabler
End-to-end quality
Engagements
Event-driven
Evergreen
Excellence
Execution excellence
Face time
Facilitate
Failover
Fall short of expectations
Feature creep
Flesh it out
Focus on our core business units
Framework
Frob
From a xxxxx perspective
Fudge
Fudge factor
Full court press
Functional deployment
Functional module
Functional transfer
Future-proof
Game plan
Gap analysis
Gee-whiz factor
Globalization
Go for the door
Go for the low hanging fruit
Grass roots
Greased path
Group think
Gudge
Haddock testing
Hand-waving
Hard line
Hard start date
Head nod
Heavy lifting
Help me understand
Herding cats
Hey, because it's you
Holding pattern
Home run
Horizontal platform solution
Horizontal/vertical business alignment
I'm having difficulty understanding...
I'm struggling a little
Improvement opportunity
In the barrel
In the loop
Infrastructure
Institutionalize
Interactive solutions provider
Internalize
Involuntary retirement
It's been a pleasure working with most of you
Key player
Knowledge management
Knowledge transfer
Knuckle it in
Lateral linkages
Laundry list
Legacy system
Let's take that offline
Leverage
Leverage the capability
Line of sight
Living document
Manage the scope
Management channels
Market penetration
Market segment
Massage the data
Matrixed organization
Meatspace
Meet the needs
Mental modeling
Mental modeling cluster analysis
Mentoring
Methodology
Micro-managing
Mid-course correction
Mind's eye
Mindset
Mindshare
Modularize
More impossible
Moving target
Nailing jello to a tree
Negative gap
Negative impact
No-brainer
N-tiered
Nuggets on the ground
On my plate
On the same page
On your radar screen
Onboard
Open door
Operationalize
Order of magnitude
Organizational excellence
Organizational focus
Out of the box (thinking)
Out of the loop
Outsource
Over-arching
Paradigm shift
Pareto-ize
Parity
Partnering
Pass the torch
Path forward
Path of least resistance
Pay for performance
PEBKAC
Peeling the onion
Percussive maintenance
Performance based culture
Phased approach
Pinch point
Ping
Platform
Point of reference
Positioning
Prairie-dogging
Press the button
Proactive
Process flow
Process maturity
Productize
Pull the trigger
Pushback
Quality gap
Quality initiatives
Quality vector
Radar screen
Raise a flag
Ready, fire, aim
Reality check
Reduce cycle time
Re-echoing
Refactoring
Replan trigger
Re-purpose
Resource constrained
Resource management
Re-vectored
Rightsize
Robust
Robustification
Robustify
Robustment
Robustness
ROI
Rolling deployment
Rolling horizon
Rough-order magnitude estimate
R-plus
Rubber stamp
Safety net
Salary shrinkage
Scope creep
Sensitivity training
Setting the tone
Shake the bush
Shelfware
Signal to noise ratio
Six of one, a dozen of the other
Skip level meeting
Skill set
Slice and dice
Slideware
Slippery slope
Smartsize
Smoke and mirrors
Solution
Sounding board
Spearhead
Spin off
Strategic alignment
Strategic alliance
Strategic focus
Strategic framework
Strategic matrix
Strategic process view
Strategic quantification
Strategizing
Straw man
Super clusters
SWAG
Symbiotic
Synergistic alignment
Synergy
Systemic
Tablestakes
Tactical analysis
Take a pulse
Take care of yourself
Take the ball and run
Talk to it
Tap target
Team building
Technology thrust
Tent pole
That is a true statement
Thumbs up
Tiger team
Time driver
Time horizon
Time management
Time-boxed
Top-down
Touch points
Tough decision
Town meeting
Traceability
Tracking vectors
Train wreck
Trench warfare
Trickle-down
Tweek
Underwhelmed
Undocumented system constraint
Unexpected program evolution
Unhired
Unsatisfactory performance behavior
Unvite
Uplevel
Vaporware
Velvet hammer
Ventage
Venting
Vertical business unit
Virtual organizations
Voice of the customer
Voluntary retirement
WAG
Walk the talk
Warm fuzzy
Where the rubber meets the road
Whistle-blower
Work breakdown structure
Work smarter
World-class
Wow factor
Wrapped around the axle
Yes and no

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: jpolvino]
      #711177 - 06/30/12 08:59 AM

Hmm, a few of the acronyms are new to me.
For example, what is BOHICA?

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #711180 - 06/30/12 11:28 AM

Quote:

Hmm, a few of the acronyms are new to me.
For example, what is BOHICA?



BOHICA: Ben Over Here It Comes Again
PEBKAC: Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair

My favorites are invented words like decruitment, buttonology, operationalize, robustification, solutionize...

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: MArk B.]
      #711948 - 07/11/12 10:28 AM

Quote:

Heard a new one today.
"We need to connect the dot."

MArk B.



Heard one today: "Throw some cycles at that."

I guess it means to spend some time on a task.

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: jpolvino]
      #712018 - 07/12/12 05:14 AM

"Thrown under the bus" is another one that I'm getting tired of hearing.

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: Rich W.]
      #712130 - 07/13/12 10:31 AM

Joe P., that list is legendary. ;-)

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: cmeisenzahl]
      #712134 - 07/13/12 11:41 AM

Quote:

Joe P., that list is legendary. ;-)



You speak, but your words say nothing.

Actually, that's another one I've used at a few meetings lately.

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Re: Annoying Business Jargon [Re: jpolvino]
      #712140 - 07/13/12 03:52 PM

jpolvino

Sounds similar to a Line out of Talking Heads Physco Killer

"You're talkin' a lot, but you're not sayin' anything. "

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/t/talking+heads/psycho+killer_20135071.html

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