Proto-Microspeak: Center of value

I have only one citation, so it may not be proper Microspeak.

With all of these features covering the scenario end to end, we wanted to create a new center of value.

I still don't know what it means.

Comments (23)
  1. Matt says:

    A center of value, like a Big Lots or Wal-Mart.

  2. Jim says:

    Hey, you are not supposed to ask the question!

  3. Mike Dunn says:

    I heard a new one at the summit yesterday, "parking lot". One speaker used it twice in sentence fragments so I couldn’t tell what part of speech it was. But from the context I think it means "ask me long or off-topic questions after the presentation".

  4. codekaizen says:

    I think they wanted to say "centroid of value" or "barycenter of value," given the polygonization of the value quantity via the cross product of the feature and coverage functions. Raymond, if you act quickly and with a stern look emphatically say, "that’s _bary_center of value," when you next hear it, you may be able to correct this oversight before it’s too late!

  5. Grant Bowering says:

    At the heroes happen {here} conference, the presenter used the phrase "going forward" nonsensically about 50,000 times at the end of just about every thought he had.  I figured it was probably a phrase Microsoft throws around a lot at corporate or learning, because it does have a nice imagistic connotation.  Except when you use it so much it gets distracting and developers across the theatre are mocking it to each other via text message.  Not that I would know.  ;)

    Then again, he also said "with that now defined" about 50,000 times too, so it was probably just that particular guy.  I will choose not to fault Microspeak for it!

  6. mikeb says:

    I think you meant to say:

    "With that now defined, I will choose not to fault Microspeak for it, going forward."

  7. JimExSoftie says:

    Hey, maybe the center of value is really just a Value Singularity – a huge concentration of value where all other value gets sucked in and can never escape.

  8. lacroix says:

    First, you must find "Value" and then you can go to the Center of Value…or maybe just the outskirts of Value because really, the center may be an awfully long walk from here, and I don’t know, are there any bars along the way?  Is there somewhere to stop and grab something to eat on the way to the Center of Value?  Do I need to bring some snacks?  

  9. OMG you guys are /so/ overthinking this.

    The "center of value" is "l".

  10. betterNot says:

    On a not so light note, there are probably two types of people:

    (1) People who get things done.

    (2) People who like to speak about getting things done.

    The latter group is usually "dynamic", "redefining themselves", etc., and quite successful with it.

  11. Name required says:

    I think we ought to fully classify Microspeak. It seems to me to be of the Genus Gobbledygeek. Do I hear any dissenters? It might be said that this is not true Gobbledygeek because it apparently relates to business/marketing **** so I may be convinced otherwise.

  12. Michael Brown says:

    speaking of heroes happen {here} was that some hidden reference to BozosLiveHere

  13. Cooney says:

    Center of Value = money press. See MS Office, MS Windows. In context, it refers to adding a core feature to a product, specifically something that encourages it to be used in a new way, for new purposes. Think of it like a seed.

    Anyway, that’s my take.

  14. Friday says:


    I really like your explanation and agree with it. But only the first sentence was necessary. Although others explained it nicely.

    I guess your first sentence was the Center of Value…  :)

  15. Jim Lyon says:

    I think "Center of Value" is one of those phrases that doesn’t really mean anything; when you use such a phrase, it’s hard for anyone to disagree with you.

    Should someone like Cooney later tie it to a specific concept, the speaker can then either embrace it and take credit for the idea, or repudiate it saying that the definer misunderstood him.

  16. Triangle says:

    I’d be more worried about "With all of these features covering the scenario end to end". Sounds  high maintenance.

  17. Martijn says:

    Sounds like something Stephen Covey would have said… Then again, he would probably have used "Center of Principles" :)

  18. Drak says:


    He should be careful with that or people might ask him what Barry’s Center of Value is :)

  19. Skizz says:

    On the Gobbledygeek front, ‘Quantum Leap’ always brightens up my day, as in,

    "This {new thing} represents a Quantum Leap in {some technology}"

    Actually, thinking about it, it’s probably the best phrase to use: sounds great but in reality isn’t much different.


  20. Will Hughes says:

    I thought it was trying to spice up Cost Centre, by subtly referencing Centre of Excellence and ‘value adding’.

    Y’know: "No, this department isn’t a cost centre, we’re a centre of value – We provide all these services to other departments which help them to serve the customer better"

    That’s my take on it, anyway.

  21. kokomo says:

    He’s talking about Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man drawing. The center of value is the belly button. He wants to create a new belly button.

  22. Alexandre Grigoriev says:

    Are you playing Corporate Bingo on the meetings, by any chance? Where the guy who crossed all "enterprisey" words on a bingo card should stand and shout: "bullshit"!

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