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Explanations — Week of January 1, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Selected for something

Picked from a group of people for something special (at least, usually it’s something special).

Executive development program

A program to train employees to become executives.


Move an employee to live and work in another location.


A place far away from anything else, which is an empty, unfriendly space. It’s so far away and so desolate that even God has abandoned it.

Dirt stain

Technically, a dirt stain is dirt on someone’s clothing that’s difficult to wash out, but it’s also used to describe a small, unimportant place.


The people who work for you.

Monday, January 2, 2012


A person who talks to government officials to try and get special favors for a company or group.


Make a lot of money.

Tax breaks

A reduction in taxes.


People who offer money to a government official to do something.


Slangy expression to describe a low-quality place.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Installation date

The date some equipment will be installed.


Something changes into something else (as in a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly).


Something that can be checked (for example, if someone says they sent an email, it’s easy to check the server to see if the email was actually sent).

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Project scope

The area of work associated with a project (some things are beyond the scope of a project).

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Excessive pride or self-confidence

Prime candidate

Very likely to have something happen.

Friday, January 6, 2012


A person or company who sells something.


A strong reason – reason enough to do something.

Viewed as a whole

Look at everything together. Don’t just look at each separate piece.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The project management framework embodies a project life cycle and five major project management pro

This sentence is a bunch of project management buzzwords that don’t make a lot of sense.

Extreme level of abstraction

Talking about things that are only ideas. They don’t really exist.


Having no weigh, like astronauts in outer space.