The 100 top words and phrases to avoid, according to John Rentoul, Chief Political Commentator for The Independent on Sunday. Here are some that are over-used in the IT industry:
Hearts and minds.
At this moment in time.
“Action” as a verb.
Incredible or incredibly as intensifiers.
“The truth is ” as used before an opinion.
Any journey not describing travel from A to B.
What’s not to like?
“All the evidence tells us” to mean “I’ve read something about this somewhere that confirms my prejudices”.
Paradigm shift. Or anything to do with a paradigm.
Coffee, the waking up and smelling thereof.
Out of the box.
Kick the can down the road.
Radar, to be on someone’s, or to be under the.
Does what it says on the tin.
“And yet, and yet ”
Ones on the “banned” list I quite like:
He/she gets it. They get it. He/she/it just doesn’t get it. [As in major IT suppliers and not getting/not understanding coalition-inspired change.]
Stakeholder [One of the groups left out of a major IT project.]
Deliverables [What didn’t materialise from your supplier]
Not fit for purpose [what generally gets delivered].
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