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A great word to use at Microsoft to make it sound like you're
one of the cool insiders is pivot.
Mostly because the meaning of the word varies from place to place,
so you can use it to mean whatever you like
while still sounding hip and jargony.
In Windows Phone,
the term pivot is a technical term which refers to
a type of control that lets users switch easily from page to page.
The term is used
to mean the pages themselves.
In the Calendar, on the To-Do pivot,
you can press and hold on a to-do item and select
postpone a day.
In Excel, the term pivot refers to a type of table or chart
In Windows Live Search (as it was known back then),
the term pivot referred to the category selectors
at the top of the page
(Images, Videos, News, etc.)
But once you go beyond specific technical definitions,
things get vague quickly.
The most general sense of the term is just that a pivot is way
of visualizing data.
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Here are some other citations which seem to be even more vague.
We will focus
along client/server pivots across workloads.
Is there a way to write a program that does Q whenever Z happens?
Another pivot on this question would be to add this as a feature
in the XYZ product.
Over time, we will adjust this diagram to pivot by process
rather than organizational unit,
but for the moment, the organizational unit serves as a
rough proxy for process.
The new model will be a significant change to the organization,
and it will take focused effort to reorient the organization to this
Initially in this new pivot,
there may be challenges in learning new roles,
accountabilities and responsibilities from role to role
in the overall project structure.
That last one is today's winner for muddled management-speak.
When in doubt, toss in the word pivot.
Nobody will know what you mean,
but that's okay,
because you don't know what it means either.
It just sounds cool.