Backend – Systems or protocols not visible to customers. e.g. “Tell the customer that this will be fixed on backend”. See also Front-end.
Backward Compatible – Something that is compatible with current and previous processes. e.g. “We need to make sure that this is backward compatible”.
Ballpark (figure) – Usually a general financial number. e.g. “Can you give me a ballpark figure on how much X will cost?”
Bandwidth – Capacity or ability to do something. e.g. “Do you have enough bandwidth to do this?”
Been There, Done That – Something already discussed or done before. Usually meant as something that is not going to happen again.
Benchmark – 1. The Standard. 2. A goal. e.g. “You’ve really set the benchmark for future projects!” Or “Getting this done will set our benchmark for the next steps of the project.”
Best-in-class – The best available in a particular category. e.g. “This application is really the best-in-class” See also Best of Breed.
Best of Breed – Similar to Best-in-class, it’s generally meant something is the best available.
Best Practice – Work done based on previous experience and what has worked out the best. e.g. “Doing it this way is best practice” or “We want to follow best practices”.
Big Bang – Doing several things at once. e.g. “We’ve decided to do a Big Bang implementation and have all three things go out at once”
Big Data – Large stores of data or a large database of information. e.g. “We might need to bring big data in to look at this.”
Big Picture – The overall view of a situation. Instead of small details, it’s a summary. e.g. “Can you give me the big picture?”
Bigwig – An executive. E.g. “Are there any bigwigs attending this meeting?”
Bio Break – Generally meant as “I need to go to the bathroom” but can also mean any kind of break that can needed like stretching or standing at a meeting. e.g. “Let’s take a bio break.”
Bite the Bullet – Something that just needs to be done despite a cost. e.g. “We might just have to bite the bullet and do this”
Blamestorming – Spending time coming up with reasons why something did not work. e.g. “Enough blamestorming, let’s move on!”
Blast – Something sent out quickly to a large group. e.g. “We just sent out an email blast.”
Bleeding edge – Something that is very recent, even more recent than cutting edge. e.g. “We need technology that is on the bleeding edge.” See also Cutting Edge.
Blue Sky Thinking – An idea that only works when everything is perfect. e.g. “well that is just blue sky thinking!”
Boil the Ocean – See “We can’t boil the ocean”
Bottleneck – Something that is constricting. e.g. “This development is becoming a bottleneck to the whole project!”
Bottom Line – The ultimate truth. E.g. “What is the bottom line?”
Brainstorm – To sit as a group and come up with ideas for something. e.g. “We need to brainstorm on a solution for this.”
Break Fix – An issue of something that is broken and needs fixing as opposed to a project to change something. E.g. “Is this a break fix or is this a project?”
Brick and Mortar – A traditional physical building/office as opposed to a virtual building. Typically refers to stores but can mean an office as well.
Bubble – 1. A growth period that can suddenly end. 2. An enclosure where the occupant is unaware of things occurring outside of the enclosure. e.g. “We’re currently in a growth bubble” or “Have you been in a bubble to not know this?”
Budget Neutral – Something that does not affect the budget. Typically it is something that has no cost but it can be something that is offset by something that is removed from the budget. e.g. “Acquiring this would be budget neutral.”
Buy-in – To agree to something. e.g. “we need buy-in from the all users to the new system.”
Buzzword – A current word that has gone from obscurity to frequent use. Sometimes made-up but they can be an existing word that rises to sudden popularity that is used primarily because of its popularity.
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device