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Work Phrases Explained

These funny lines have been applied to all kind of profession and institutions, like NASA, The Pentagon, Accounting Departments, Software Development, Research & Science, and of course Engineering.


Work Phrases — Explained

 Work Phrases Explained 
What They Say What They Mean
Essentially CompleteIt's half done.
Major Technological BreakthroughBack to the drawing board.
Schedule exposureIt slipped three weeks ago.
A number of different approaches are being triedWe don't know where we're going, but we're moving.
Project slightly behind original schedule due to unforeseen difficultiesWe are working on something else.
We predictWe hope to God.
Screen design is laggingNot a single screen exists.
The designs are well within allowable limitsWe just made it, stretching a point or two.
Customer satisfaction is believed assuredWe are so far behind schedule that the customer was happy to get anything at all.
Potential show stopperThe team has updated their resumes.
Close project co-ordinationWe should have asked someone else; or, let's spread the responsibility for this.
Task force to review7 people who are incompetent at their regular jobs have been loaned to the project.
Serious but not insurmountable problemsIt'll take a miracle.
The design will be finalized in the next reporting periodWe haven't started this job yet, but we've got to say something.
Basic agreement has been reachedThe &%$#@'s won't even talk to us.
Infrastructure1. The structure within an infra. 2. The structure outside the infra. 3. A building with built in infra.
Not well definedNobody thought about it.
Still analyzing the requirementsSee previous answer: "Not well defined".
FYI (For Your Information)Found Yesterday, Interested?
Extensive effort is being applied on a fresh approach to the problemWe just hired three new guys; we'll let them kick it around for a while.
Preliminary operational tests are inconclusiveThe darn thing blew up when we threw the switch.
Results are promisingTurned power on and no smoke detected - this time.
The entire concept will have to be abandonedThe only guy who understood the thing quit.
Not well understoodNow that we've thought about it, we don't want to think about it anymore.
Modifications are underway to correct certain minor difficultiesWe threw the whole thing out and are starting from scratch.
Requires further analysis and management attentionTotally out of control.
Risk is high, but acceptable100 to 1 odds, or with 10 times the budget and 10 times the manpower, we may have a 50/50 chance.
Drawing release is laggingNot a single drawing exists.
Results are being quantifiedWe're massaging the numbers so that they will agree with our conclusions.
We envision a sustainable solutionStabilization phases are over-rated You should trust us.
A Number Of Different Approaches Are Being TriedWe are still pissing in the wind.
All NewParts not interchangeable with the previous design.
ConferenceOrganized confusion during coffee break.
Customer Satisfaction Is AssuredWe are so far behind schedule the customer is happy to get it delivered.
Developed After Years of Intensive ResearchDiscovered by accident.
Energy SavingAchieved when the power switch is off.
RuggedToo damn heavy to lift!
LightweightLighter than RUGGED.
Low MaintenanceImpossible to fix if broken.
Major Technological BreakthroughIt works OK, but looks very hi-tech.
Preliminary Operational Tests Were InconclusiveThe darn thing blew up when we threw the switch.
Extensive Report Is Being Prepared On A Fresh Approach To The ProblemWe just hired three kids fresh out of college.
Test Results Were Extremely GratifyingWe are so surprised that the stupid thing works.
The Entire Concept Will Have To Be AbandonedThe only person who understood the thing quit.
Under Active ConsiderationWe are looking in the files for it.
We Will Look Into ItForget It! We Have Enough Problems For Now.
Years Of DevelopmentOne finally worked.
MeetingCoffee break.
Advanced DesignBeyond the comprehension of the advertisement agency's copywriters.
ExpertA person who avoids all small errors and sweeps towards the grand fallacy.