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Yet another noun is 'veribized' into an I.T. term

By Andrew Pollack on 04/11/2004 at 10:52 AM EDT

Many of you know that my wife Barbara is also in the I.T. industry. She's the Manager of Information Security at L.L. Bean and in most homes would be 'geek' of residence. I'll let you folks guess as to just how much that holds true in our place. Anyway, we're driving to my in-laws today talking about the way I.T. projects evolve and in the course of about 10 minutes she used a term twice that I'd never heard in this context before. Obviously, its either an internal term or something being spread by vendors and project managers looking for a term to describe how advanced they are.

To me, it sounds like another self-aggrandizing term used to 'sell' a project up to management by making it look great with neat words that have no actual meaning of their own. When I hear terms like this, I personal become much more skeptical about both the project and the project manager.

Is it just me?

forklifting (v) [fork' - lif - ting]

1. The act of moving an object with a forklift. See 'forklift'

2. The act of implementing a new process that is not just an extension or improvement to an existing one, but in fact transcends at least one and possible several logical generations of the original. Unlike 'leapfrogging' (see 'leapfrog'), forklifting does not rely on the work of someone else as a platform from which to make the transition.

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*Sounds like "shoveling shit" to me.By Ben Langhinrichs on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
I wouldn't want to try shovelling shit with a forklift :-)By Colin Pretorius on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
3. The act of attempting to overcome inertia by people applying technology they're underqualified to understand, but who are nevertheless held in high regard because the average man in the street couldn't walk in and immediately use (leverage?) their technology, and who get a kick out of their jobs because it beats the hell out of actually breaking a sweat in order to get the job done.

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