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What are the terms of the trade?

 
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What words, names, and acronyms are part of our industry? Some examples include: methodology, CASE, ERP, use case, QA, etc. Add your own terms and definitions.
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Hi,
What's about SQE? Software Quality Engineer should be the major player in the outsourcing/offshoring scenario. QA is only a part of the quality process team.
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Try "Involuntary Resource Action"--this happens when the company selects you for layoff in a nice way
 
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Or RIF (Reduction in Force). Though this term isn't confined to our field of course....
Specific to Management Consultantcy: RIF (Reduction In Farce) - Partner payoffs.
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SLA - Service Level Agreement is one term that I am being reminded about recently. (Clients are a lot more 'demanding' lately!)
 
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Originally posted by Alkesh Nandanwar:
SOW: Statement of Work


What is this? I'm not familiar with it.
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Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:

What is this? I'm not familiar with it.
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A statement of work is a kind of preliminary agreement between a client company and the service provider setting out the nature, purpose and extent of the service to be provided and the rights, responsibilities of each party to the agreement.I have seen it used in the consulting industry, i believe it will be used in other service industries as well, perhaps with a different terminlology
 
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What's a body shop?
A body shop said it was an establishment that submitted unqualified candidates.
 
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What about 'cluster-f**k'? Another term for a death-march project.
 
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"bat cave" - room for coders who prefer to work in the dark
 
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Team Player - one who copes well in the lower tiers of a strongly hierarchical organization.
Perma-Temp - strategy of management to deny labor its civil rights.
Best Shoring - giving off-shoring a marketable name
heads-down-coder - ?
 
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yes, yes, yes - Spontaneous way of communicating something finally works
 
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Um, while appreciate responses, how about some actual terms, and not just sarcastic phrases (which would make an interesting thread in its own right).
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Some quickies:
DOU - document of understanding
TOI - transfer of information
SDLC - i hope you know this!
SCM - software configuration management
SIT - software integration testing
FVT - functional verfication testing
CAT - customer acceptance testing
PMP - project management professional (do not pronounce "pimp")
 
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Wow, that's the type of stuff I'm looking for. Thanks Chris.
A few questions and clarifications...
DOU - this is just like a high level document proceeding a contract?
TOI - is just a term, activity, or milestone and the term itself, in general, doesn't refer to a particular means, right?
SDLC - um, actually I don't know what this is; looks very similar to SLOC (Source Lines of Code)

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Some quickies:
DOU - document of understanding
TOI - transfer of information

Never heard those two but here are similar sounding ones usually used between negotiating parties
MOU - Memorandum Of Understanding
LOI - Letter Of Intent
 
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A few more .....
KT - Knowledge Transfer
LOE - Level of Effort
MOU - Memorandum of Understanding
RA - Recharge Agreement
DIT - Development and Integration Testing
UAT - User Acceptance Testing
MW - Maintenance Window
CR - Change Request
SR - Service Request
 
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I'm not familiar with all these terms, please include some definitions are examples if you have a chance. Thanks!
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TOI (Transfer of Information)
When somebody replaces you in a work, you need to provide him/her, all the releavent information he might need to carry on the work you were doing.
It is one of the activities I hate the most
 
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Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:

SDLC - um, actually I don't know what this is; looks very similar to SLOC (Source Lines of Code)

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No. SDLC stands for Software Development Life Cycle, which includes the various stages of software development (like analysis, design, implementation, testing etc)
 
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Work In Progress - or WIP
A term hung over from engineering I suppose.
 
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GNIREENIGNE
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MTBF - MEAN TIME BETWEEN FAILURE
(Not sure what that's for - a progress report
- a project life-cycle)
regards
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
MTBF
regards


This refers to programmer productivity of a certain kind?
This is time-sensitive information of course.
Then there is of course the specialty lexicon of a large management
consultantcy, in which the word 'Farce' often substitutes for Failure.
Especially when referring to Partners. Or (more like) those Who Would Be
Partner.
So RIF turns into 'Reduction in Farce' (when a partner allows him/herself to be renumerately nudged out) and Mean Time Between Farce(s) when Someone On The Way Up does the architecture for a project.
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Sorry Alfred , I've gone and edited my original post.
regards
 
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So did I. Might give you a giggle.
 
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PERT diagrams
PERT/CPM
ZBB Zero Based Budgeting
MBWA

WBS Work BreakDown Structure
regards
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:

PERT diagrams
PERT/CPM
ZBB Zero Based Budgeting
MBWA

WBS Work BreakDown Structure
regards
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HS,
These are more Project Management specific though (which is okay!). In that case, you can add: Gantt Chart, Baseline...umm...let me go grab my PM book....better yet, let me go grab my PM!
Mark,
DOU - the document a group gives another group for support (ie, development hands a project over to technical support or IT)
TOI - usually person to person transfer of project specific knowledge.
 
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These are more Project Management specific though


I quite like Reduction In Farce . If it isn't already it should be adopted !
regards
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