The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary: Z-words

Do you wonder where your co-workers picked up all the ridiculous things they say? From fresh-faced interns to top management, everyone drops one of these gems occasionally. We can only hope that you're not here to actually add buzzwords to your vocabulary.

Zero cycles [adj.]Lacking the free time for any additional tasks. "It comes down to bandwidth. I have zero cycles for any of this."
Suggested by Wolfie.
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Zero time [n.]The duration of tasks that management considers insignificant and so shouldn't impact your productivity when assigned en masse. Logging in takes zero time; filling out a requisition form takes zero time; A "brief weekly update" meeting takes zero time.
Suggested by Mad Casual.
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Zero-sum game [n.]A situation where if one person wins, someone else must lose.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Zero-zero split [n.]The opportunity to waste time when working on two projects simultaneously by telling one boss that you're busy with the other.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter


Zerotasking [v.]Doing nothing.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Zombie project [n.]A project that keeps coming back to life no matter how many times that it's terminated.
Suggested by Greg.
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