Michael Sippey proffers the absolute best list of real-world project management lingo that is (unfortunately) really, truly out there and really, truly used by people who should really, truly know better. My favorites:
- Clue bat
- Coconut shuffle
- Come to Beavis meeting
- Eating the elephant one bite at a time
- Gantt flotsam
- Happy status
- Hit with the scope bat
- I’m going to have to push back on that
- Nine women can’t have a baby in one month
- Shovel ready
- Then a miracle occurs
In my former life (Is that a catchphrase too? – Ed.), I heard about two-thirds of this list on a weekly basis. The more strategic and important the meeting, the more frequently they came out. When I heard a Sr. VP talk about herding cats and conceptual integrity, I knew we were doomed.
Be sure to check out the whole thing.