TMN: An unknown three letter word, to check if people know what they are talking about.

I have moved this post to my new blog

http://www.hanoulle.be/2008/04/tmn-an-unknown-three-letter-word-to-check-if-people-know-what-they-are-talking-about/

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10 Responses

  1. You know anymore classic ICT acronyms?

  2. Most people don’t ask an explanation I guess. It happens to me all the time at school. If I say: “who doesn’t understand X or Z”, almost nobody will answer. I always pick someone to check if they do know the answer. At least 80% of the time, they aren’t able to answer my question.

    I’m not sure we do have to understand everything all the time. Maybe that’s something we learned as well?

  3. I agree that asking do yiu understand does not work. Especially not in a demanding environment like work or school. (With peer pressure etc)
    When I teached .net classes I asked tons of questions.
    Before I started a topic I asked who can explain me this or that. And I made it fun to answer, that is I gave a small reward (a package of post it’s) to the first answer.

    Interesting question, “do we need to know everything?” As a teacher I do not need to know everything.
    But when people discuss in a corporate environment, claiming to be the expert, when they actually don’t understand an acronym, I think that is wrong.
    They might still be the expert. And they don’t need to know every abbreviation. But if they claim they do….

    A lot of IT people can’t say the words “I don’t know”
    and that is a problem.
    Something most of us learned at school.

  4. @ Els I invented this one.
    I will try to put some more on my blog the next weeks
    family time now

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  6. @Els, @all it might be easier if you just ask me about a three letter acronyms. I will answer what I know (or ask my readrs to help me out)

  7. […] seniors people. They have the advantage of being excused not to know. I blogged before about the TMN acronym.  The questions a junior asks go way beyond […]

  8. […] seniors people. They have the advantage of being excused not to know. I blogged before about the TMN acronym.  The questions a junior asks go way beyond […]

  9. […] TMN: stands for This Means Nothing. I use it in meetings where people use 3 letter words all the time and I have the feeling not everyone understands them. When I get that feeling I say something like. […]

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