Holy cow, I wrote a book!
In mathematics, a level set is the set of points at which
a function takes a particular value.
This has nothing to do with the way the term is used at Microsoft.
In fact, the way the term is used at Microsoft,
I have no idea what it means.
But here are citations.
The first is from an
Before we start the meeting, let me level-set.
Here's what we plan to accomplish today.
The next is from a presentation to a large group
on some investigative work a team undertook.
After the presenter spent a few minutes discussing
the background of the problem:
That's some level-setting on the hardware we had available
Here are some citations from presentation slide decks:
Pre-work check and Level Set
Initial Data gathering and Level Setting
Teams share solution overviews, roadmaps and
architecture views with each other to level set.
(Notice that level-set is as a verb.)
From what I can gather, level-setting is some sort of blend
of expectation-setting and