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Technical buzzword bingo

David O'Meara
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I was thinking about the management style 'Buzzword bingo' we used to play, including words and phrases like synergy/ize, rats and mice, shortest path and a billion others. I was also brought short by some words I used in conversation with non-technical people and how I was just as guilty.

Can others expand the list of words that probably shouldn't be used in these circumstances? Off the top of my head I have...

* Trivial solution
* Synchronous/asynchronous
* Framework
* IDE
* Continuous integration

Not things like Web 2.0, SOA, SEO and the like - these get used by non-techies too.
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Any technology words: CVS, Subversion, J2EE
"deployed" - in the context of the server


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Originally posted by David O'Meara:
rats and mice

What's rats and mice in business?
Arjun Shastry
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1)Threads
2)Well defined process
3)Configuration
4)cut over
5)fail-safe
6)Established vendor
[ December 15, 2007: Message edited by: Arjun Shastry ]

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http://www.bullshitbingo.net/cards/buzzword/


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And if you are attending a board meeting.
marc weber
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Stress test.

(As in, "Let's perform a stress test by getting 20 people to click on a link at the same time." Uh... Wow. Aren't you afraid of starting a fire?)


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Raghavan Muthu
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(1)Version
(2)Runtime
(3)Dynamically
(4)by default - i myself use very much but not very sure of its usage in non-tech savvys
(5)bug - when intended to say a mistake!

May continue when something else hits my head


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Deterministic and non-deterministic behaviour.
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1) Enterprise
2) scalable
3) fail safe
4) interoperability
5) trivial integration with legacy applications
6) web services
Arjun Shastry
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1)Legacy code
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4)Unix Engineers
5)Database engineers
marc weber
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The most meaningless word of all: Analyst.

Oh, wait... That's my title. (Where I work, it's impossible to find someone whose title doesn't contain that word.)
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Aryan Khan
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Lately I was told by a vendor that we do not have the required "bandwidth".
I thought he was reffering to network bandwith but no!!! He meant technical resources/staff.


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Raghavan Muthu
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bandwidth is a very good term which happened to make me blink when i heard for the first time for the pay package!
[ January 07, 2008: Message edited by: Raghavan Muthu ]
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Yes, good old Management by Magazine - you know when the senior managers have been reading about the latest silver bullet - or [worst] they have been talking to a vendor.

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Terms I use way too much in non-technical conversation include "asymptotic behavior", "anisotropy", "decoupled", "singularity"... man, I'm annoying.


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Harsha Jay
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I love this one error message which is common across all the languages, Eye Dee Ten Tee.

Can you figure out what this is?
[ January 09, 2008: Message edited by: Harsha Jay ]
Richard Green
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Originally posted by Harsha Jay:
I love this one error message which is common across all the languages, Eye Dee Ten Tee.

Can you figure out what this is?

[ January 09, 2008: Message edited by: Harsha Jay ]


ID10T


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