ENGINEER'S TERMINOLOGY

Developed After Years Of Intensive Research:
- It was discovered by accident

The Design Will Be Finalized In The Next Reporting Period:
- We haven't started this job yet, but we've got to say something

A Number of Different Approaches Are Being Tried:
- We don't know where we're going, but we're moving

Project Slightly Behind Schedule Due to Unforseen Difficulties:
- We are working on something else

Close Project Coordination:
- We should have asked someone else, or
- Let's spread the blame for this around

Extensive Report Is Being Prepared On A Fresh Approach To The Problem:
- We just hired three guys. . . We'll let them kick it around for a while

Major Technological Breakthrough:
- Back to the drawing board

Customer Satisfaction Is Believed Assured:
- We were so far behind schedule that the customer was happy to get anything at all from us

Preliminary Operational Tests Were Inconclusive:
- The darn thing broke when we threw the switch

Test Results Were Extremely Gratifying:
- It works and boy are we surprised

The Entire Concept Will Have to be Abandoned:
- The only guy who understood the thing quit

Modifications Are Underway To Correct Certain Minor Difficulties:
- We threw the whole thing out and are starting from scratch