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Six Translations between Software-Speak and Management-Speak
November/December 2002 (vol. 19 no. 6)
pp. 50-52

A source of communication problems between software engineers and managers is that they have not learned to speak each other's language. The author includes examples of some translations between "software-speak" and "management-speak." To prevent miscommunication, you should also think about the project from the other's perspective. When management is unable or unwilling to accept "reality" as the software engineering team sees it, the software engineer must then understand the business realities that management faces, and look for ways the organization, its customers, and the software team can all win. When a project looks hopeless, one approach is to look at previous project debacles to find possible solutions.

Index Terms:
software project management, project status, management communication, change management, risk management
Citation:
Dorothy McKinney, "Six Translations between Software-Speak and Management-Speak," IEEE Software, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 50-52, Nov.-Dec. 2002, doi:10.1109/MS.2002.1049387
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