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Like many, I entered the tech industry young and relatively quickly after graduating from university. In those first weeks, I expected to be out of my element while I learned about the company, my job, and what it meant to be a full-time employee. And though I couldn’t tell you much about what I did while I acclimated, one memory (or a memory of a memory) has stayed with me: my seeming inability to communicate in the way my seasoned peers did. At almost every meeting I was in, someone wanted to circle back on a topic or discuss a team’s bandwidth. It left me longing to speak the way they did to fit in. Because even though I know English, this corporate and “techified” jargon was completely new to me.

I spent the next months (even a few years) drinking the Kool-Aid. I ate up all the dog food until I was unironically referring to small tasks as “low-hanging fruit” internally and externally calling release features disruptors and/or robust and/or game-changing.

I didn’t realize what was happening until I was telling a friend about my day and explaining the morning sync I had with my product manager, the company-wide All-Hands meeting I attended, and the 1×1 meeting I had with my boss. My friend looked at me blankly and responded, “So you had three meetings.” When I started to respond back with “not exactly,” I laughed because technically, yes—they were just three meetings. And over the course of several weeks with similar conversations, I had to come to terms with a terrifying thought: I’d become a full-time spewer of marketing, tech, and corporate buzzwords.

In just a few years, I’d gone from longing for these overused phrases to be part of my natural vernacular to loathing the fact they were. So, as I actively try to wipe them from my head, I thought I’d share the experience with the SolarWinds® AppOptics community and see what you all think are the bad, the ugly, and the outright worst when it comes to buzzwords. This will be a series to cut through buzzwords, dissect them, and—of course—give my unsolicited opinion of them. In the coming months, expect to see technical terms, tech-adjacent terms, and the terms keeping the corporate world spinning, including the following:

But this isn’t all, and I’d love to recruit YOU to tell me the buzzwords you hate the most. Head on over to this post on THWACK® and comment the words and phrases that irk you to your core, and we’ll cover them.

See you back here soon!

In the meantime, here’s a shameless plug: at SolarWinds, we’re all about simple—especially when it comes to application performance monitoring (APM). So kick those buzzword-fluffed alternatives to the curb and try out AppOptics free for 30 days.

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