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Developer Euphemisms
Today driving into work, I was mulling over some of the business euphemisms that have been popular in places I've worked. I'm not sure which (if any) were specific to my companies or not, but they always amused me. What other unique jargon has crept into your workplace conversations?

"The rats are wearing life preservers"
It's time to update your resume, because this project and/or company is a sinking ship

"Brown Bunny Project"
Ever heard the phrase "pull a rabbit out of your a**"? This is a project that resulted from such an uncomfortable effort.

Similar to project velocity measurements, this is an indicator of how much weight the team has gained working late nights and eating snacks while on a project.

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thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: February 7th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to have to find a spot to use the Brown Bunny Project bit. I *love* it. :)
bjorng From: bjorng Date: February 8th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Chubelocity is hilarious! I'd hate to be on a brown bunny project again. (At my old company, we simply called these 'clusterfucks'. We weren't much for sugar-coating our language.) But the chubelocity metric could actually be fun!

We have a couple of choice ones like this at my new job, but I'm blanking on them just now.

One from the olden days was "opportunity for growth": that meant a project that was doomed from the start. The "growth" was usually learning a new and painful way to fail.
bwittig From: bwittig Date: February 8th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
And I'll be watching for signs that the rats are wearing life preservers!

Working on my life raft right now.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: February 9th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good Enough for Government Work.
Not perfect, but call it finished. IBM Boulder. We made 6670 "Mountaineer" copiers that did integrated copying and laser printing about 15 years before HP or anyone else (early 80's) but they were expensive. They were also very fast. So fast that the government considered them "Printing Equipment" not "Photocopiers" and the USAF wasn't allowed to buy them, even though the cost was fine. So we put in an extra card which slowed them down enough to meet the government contract, charged them extra for it, and they were happy.

Those Bastards Across the River. When my dad was at Ft. Meade, I think this was what Army Intelligence called the NSA.
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