Page (on the same) – The same thinking. E.g. “I want to make sure that we are on the same page.”
Pain Point – An issue. E.g. “We need a solution that addresses all of our pain points.
Par for the Course – Something that is expected or an outcome that should have been expected. E.g. “This is just par for the course!”
Paradigm – The current arrangement. E.g. “This solution works within the current paradigm.”
Parking Lot – A place where ideas are sent when discussing them takes up too much time and is not related to the main discussion. It’s often used in a meeting to keep things moving along. E.g. “Let’s put this in the parking lot and come back to it, shall we?” See also Offline.
Partner – Someone or department that you work with. E.g. “How will our partners react to this?”
People – Staff or employees. Often used in the third party. E.g. “I’m not sure how my people will react to this.”
Perceived Value – The worth of something in the mind of the user. E.g. “What will the perceived value be for this?”
Percolate – Think about something or let something go on for a while for a change in opinion. E.g. “Let’s let this percolate for a while and I’ll come back to you.”
Performance – How well something does. E.g. “We want to make sure this has good performance.”
Ping – To connect with someone in an electronic way. E.g. “Let me ping him and see what she thinks.”
Plate (on my/your) – Your to-do list. E.g. “Do you have enough on your plate?”
Play – To put something into motion. E.g. “Is the new workflow in play?”
Point Person – The person in change of something. E.g. “Who is the point person for this on this issue?”
Pop (make it) – To make something stand out. E.g. “This new layout really makes it pop!”
Position (v) – To put something into a place. E.g. “The company is now positioned to grow even more.”
Powerpoint – A presentation. E.g. “Did you create a Powerpoint for this meeting?”
Power through – Get through boring or repetitive work. E.g. “We just need to power through this portion of the project!”
Powwow – A meeting, typically with bigwigs. May be considered “politically incorrect” so use caution. E.g. “Can we make a decision or do we need a powwow to finalize it?”
Presser – 1. Press Conference. 2. An announcement. E.g. “We should hold a presser on this.”
Proactive – Responding to something that will occur with certainty before it happens as opposed to reacting and waiting for it to happen and respond. E.g. “We should be proactive in looking for problems.”
Production – 1. To make something. E.g. “When will we start production of the new widget?” 2. To put something into effect. E.g. “The new accounting software goes into production next week.” aka Prod
Project – A planned activity. Typically, anything involving multiple employees time is a project. This involves a formal process and paperwork such as status reports, meeting agenda’s and meeting minutes, etc. E.g. “Replacing our accounting software will be a major project.”
Projectize – To turn an implementation into a formal project. E.g. “We need to projectize this work”.
Pull the plug – To stop the project. E.g. “I don’t want to have to pull the plug because we don’t have enough resources.”
Pull all the stops – To do everything that is necessary and don’t let anything stop you. Originates with the idea of pulling all the levers on an organ to let nothing prevent air flow. E.g. “We need to pull all the stops to get this done!”
Punch-in – To join something. E.g. “Let me punch-in for a minute.”
Punt – To move a discussion/decision further in time. E.g. “I’m going to have to punt on this one.”
Push back – Resistance to moving forward.
Push the Envelope – Going to edge of what is possible. E.g. “We need to push the envelope of available technology.”
Put the Baby to Bed – Resolve a question/issue so it does not need to be discussed any more. E.g. “We need to put this baby to bed.”
Pythons – People who challenge problems. E.g. “We want to avoid a bunch of pythons causing issues,”