Definition: An abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word.
Also referenced as: Acronyms (noun)
The word acronym was used 5 times across 5 pages
I once had a project where the word "asset" was defined three different ways across five teams.
I once spent three days defining the word "customer".
I wish I could say that I'm exaggerating or that any of this effort was unnecessary. Nope. Needed.
Language is complex. But language is also fundamental to understanding the direction we choose. Language is how we tell other people what we want, what we expect of them, and what we hope to accomplish together.
Without language, we can't collaborate.
Go through each term as a group and use this as a forum for educating each other on what you know about language and context. Don't "uh huh" your way through words you've never heard or don't understand. Instead, untangle acronyms and unfamiliar phrases.
In my experience, a list of things you don't say can be even more powerful than a list of things you do. I've been known to wear a whistle and blow it in meetings when someone uses a term from the don't list.
Rasheed is a consultant helping the human resources department of a large company. They want to move their employee-training processes online.
During the meeting, Rasheed: