Posts by Kazhuma (23)

Binary

Kazhuma

States the obvious 'Yes or No' at a very basic level. But more than often this is used as a tool to cut out noise. The underlying suggestion here is to keep things simple and often comes from individuals that do not want to be bothered with the details.

Ping me

Kazhuma

Translation: Get back to me now! You were most likely on a call and if the ping came from someone who has any say in your future, bonus or promotion you better excuse yourself from whatever piddling task you're engaged in. The creative reference to submarine sonar technology or in more recent days network technology doesn't mean that this will be a short ordeal, so you might as well cancel your lunch.

Voice it Over

Kazhuma

When you don't want to put something in writing, typically for a presentation, you suggest to voice it over, leaving very little tangible evidence. Commonly used to avoid hard commitments at a premature state. Business Manager: "Can we add that step to the risk slide?" Project Manager: "That's probably too much detail, we can just voice it over."

Nepotism

Kazhuma

When you realize that your lazy coworker is a close relative of your boss and job qualification was not a hiring criteria. It's a specific form of favoritism but using a fancy word from the Middle Ages makes it sound less despicable.

Haircut

Kazhuma

A reduction in budget, typically meant across an entire division or portfolio rather than an individual initiative or program. "The budget has been agreed, but we expect another haircut in Q4"

How are those slides coming along?

Kazhuma

Why are you taking so damn long?! In most cases, this question also implies that you probably haven't started working on them, which is most likely true. Manager: "Hey Megan, how are those slides coming along?" Megan: "Great, I have the concept in my head, just need to create the document..."