What Engineers Say
(And What They Really Mean)

- Major Technological Breakthrough
   - Back to the drawing board.

- Developed after years of intensive research
   - It was discovered by accident.

- Project slightly behind original schedule due to unforeseen difficulties
   - We are working on something else.

- The designs are well within allowable limits
   - We just made it, stretching a point or two.

- Customer satisfaction is believed assured
   - We are so far behind schedule that the customer was happy to get anything at all from us.

- Close project coordination
   - We should have asked someone else
   - Let's spread the responsibility for this snafu

- 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.

- Test results were extremely gratifying
   - It works, and are we surprised!

- Extensive effort is being applied on a fresh approach to the problem
   - We just hired three new guys, and we'll let them kick it around for a while.

- Preliminary operational tests are inconclusive
   - The darn thing blew up when we turned it on

- 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.