Capacity – The ability (particularly in terms of time) to do something. e.g. “Do you have the capacity to do this?”
Capitalize – To take advantage of. e.g. “We need to capitalize on this development.”
Cascade – A series of connecting events, usually negative. e.g. “This can have a cascading impact on the project.”
Change Control – Documentation prior to making a change in a system or process. E.g. “Before implementing this, make sure you fill out a change control.”
Change Management – The process of documenting changes so a wider audience is aware of changes that are being made. e.g. “This will need to go through the change management process”
Change the conversation – 1. Something that changes focus from one thing to another. 2. Another way of saying “let’s stop this discussion and talk about something else”.
Channels – The proper pathway for something to go through. This can be the proper person or process. e.g. “We’ll need to work through channels to get this done.”
Circle Back – To return to discussing something. Usually used as a tactic to stop discussing something and move on to another discussion topic. e.g. “Let’s circle back to this topic.”
Cloud – Also known as “The Cloud”, it’s a reference to a server or place connected to the Internet. e.g. “We’ll be storing this in the cloud.”
Close the loop – Completing any missing items. e.g. “Let’s close the loop on this.”
Coat Tails – Lingering effects. It’s usually meant in the office as the an after effect of implementing something. e.g. “This implementation is going to have coat tails”
Collaborate – Working together. e.g. “We need to collaborate on this” or “This was a collaborative effort.”
Con-Call – A buzzword for a conference call. e.g. “Who needs to be on this con-call?”
Connection – Something related to something else. Sometimes used as a reference to connecting one person with another. e.g. “I work through connections on this”.
Connectivity – The ability to connect two disparate things together. e.g. “Do we have connectivity between these two systems?”
Content is King – The belief that the material that makes up the content of media is the most important aspect of the media and not the quantity.
Consultant – Someone outside of an organization that is hired to provide an opinion or work that cannot be done internally or is only needed on a temporary basis. e.g. “We’ll need to bring in a consultant to do this work”.
Core Competency – Knowing the base skills necessary for one’s job. e.g. “Make sure you’ve completed your core compentency.”
Cradle to the Grave – Something that someone will need for their entire life. e.g. “This is a cradle to the grave solution”.
Critical Path – The most important direction that something needs to take. e.g. “This is a critical path for the project.”
Cubicle – A walled space in an office that usually contains a desk and equipment, usually for one worker. Sometimes multiple workers have to share the space but each “cube” is reserved for one worker. The wall height can vary from short to tall but offers some noise and visual compartment.
Current State – The current way that a certain process works. e.g. “What is the current state workflow?”
Cutting Edge – The latest/most recent thing. Usually refers to technology. e.g. “We need some cutting edge technology”. See also Bleeding Edge.