Common H.R. Abbreviations

Abbreviations are considered as the luxury of the lazy. Yet, life in the profession could be quite un-exciting without them.

How many times have you noticed the Boss marking you the papers in the office by writing, "FNA". And then you carry out the task & send him the note "FKAP". Similarly, "FKPP", "KA", "ASAP","KRA", "MBO", etc. etc. have all been be widely used, understood or abused in the "CJ" of "MNC"&"LJ". For the under-exposed or less-initiated professional corporate mortals (like most of us) needing "HS" breeding, these alphabets packaged in inverted commas mean, "For necessary action", "For Kind Approval Please", "For Kind Perusal Please", "Kindly Advise", "As Soon As Possible", "Key Results Area", "Management By Objectives", "Corporate Jungle", "Multi-National Corporation", and "Lala Ji" respectively . Don't forget the "HS" promoted by the Latka-Jhatka TV anchor person in UN-CENSORED. You still have not got the meaning of "HS"! How "LS"? ("High Society", "Low Society") .

When I used to handle placements, I was very fond of using "BOD" and "LBW". Please don't give a blank expression, like most give when they don't know what is there in the abbreviation. Yeah! That's better. The blank expressions are usually there for split seconds only, afterwards everyone is talented enough to hide the bliss of ignorance. Let me tell you a secret - I do the same…Pshsh… "BOD" is meant for giving "Benefit of Doubt" to the candidates. I never reject anyone. I only declare them "LBW"- "Let The Bugger (or Babe) Wait".

I love Abbreviations. I don't mind when some people call it a habit of lazy people. Ask them to speak, at least ten times, the full form of "SPICMACAY" (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) or the now redundant "COFEPOSA" (Conservation Of Foreign Exchange and Prevention Of Smuggling Activities Act). One of our renowned leader has kept "MISA" as the name of his daughter. I wonder whether he would like to call her every time as "Maintenance of Internal Securities Act".

Coming back to the world of Management Abbreviations, I've compiled a reasonably decent list for your everyday benefit. This list is for professional enrichment and amusement without any copyright attachment.


AAMOF - As A Matter Of Fact

AAR - After Action Review

AFAIK - As Far As I Know

AL - Accelerated Learning

ALARA - As Low As Reasonably Achievable

ASAP - As Soon As Possible

ATS - Advanced Training System

A/V - Audio Visual


B&P - Bid and Proposal

BEER - Behavior, Effect, Expectation, Results (for feedback for improvement)

BET - Behavior, Effect, Thanks (for positive feedback)

BPR - Business Process Re-engineering

BST - Basic Skills Trainer

BTW - By The Way


CAI - Computer-Aided Instruction

CAUSED - Can they do it, do they have a positive Attitude, is it Useful to them, are they Skilled in it, do they have similar Experience, is it Different.

CAX - Computer Assisted Exercises

CBI - Computer-Based Instruction

CBT - Computer-Based Training or Competency Based Training

CETA - Cost-Effective Training Analysis

CMI - Computer Managed Instruction

CP - Change Proposal

CPI - Continuous Process Improvement

CYA - Cover Your A**


DMP - Data Management Plan

DR - Design Review

DSM - Don't Shoot Me

DTP - Detailed Test Plan


ECR - Electronic Classroom

ENDEX - End of EXercise

ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning

EOD - End Of Discussion

EPSS - Electronic Performance Support System

ERIC - Educational Resources Information Center

ET - Embedded Training; Evaluation Tool

ETC - Estimate To Complete

EQ - Emotional Quotient


FOJT - Formal On-the-Job Training

FTX - Field Training Exercise

FWIW - For What It's Worth

FYCP - Future Years Corporate Plan

FYI - For Your Information


GIGO - Garbage In, Garbage Out

GOK - God Only Knows

GTA - Graphical Training Aid


HPT - Human Performance Technology

HR - Human Resources

HRD - Human Resource Development

HRM - Human Resource Management

HUMINT - Human Intelligence


I&D - Integration and Development

I&KP - Instructor and Key Personnel

IAW - In Accordance With

ICW - Interactive Courseware

IIRC - If I Recall Correctly

IKPT - Instructor and Key Personnel Training

IMI - Interactive Multimedia Instruction

IMHO - In My Humble Opinion

INPO - In No Particular Order

I/O - Input/Output

IOW - In Other Words

IPT - Integrated Product Team

IQ - Intelligence Quotient

ISD - Instructional System Development

ISD/SAT - Instructional Systems Development/Systems Approach to Training

IT - Instructional Technology

ITP - Individual Training Plan

ITS - Integrated Training System or Individual Training Standard


JA - Job Aid

JITT - Just-In-Time Training


KA - Knowledge Acquisition

KAS (KSA) - Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills

KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid

KITA - Kick In The Ass (a motivational method)


LG - Lecture Guide

LO - Learning Objective

LRC - Learning Resource Center


MINIEX - Mini-EXercise

MOP - Measure Of Performance

MPA - Motivation Problem analysis

MS - Milestone


NA - Needs Assessment

NDI - Non Developmental Item

NIS - Not In Specification

NLP - Neuro-Linguistic Programming


OJT - On-the-Job Training

OOBE - Out-Of-Box Experience

OTM - One Time Measure

OTOH - On The Other Hand


P3I - Pre-Planned Product Improvement

PA - Performance Assessment

PE - Practical Exercise

PEBCAK- Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard

PFA - Pulled from the Air

PITA - Pain In The Ass

PMFJI - Pardon Me For Jumping In

PPM - Policy and Procedures Manual

PPP - Personnel Performance Profile

PR - Program Review

PTR - Problem Trouble Report


QA - Quality Assurance

QAR - Quality Assurance Evaluator

QC - Quality Control

QI - Quality Improvement

QM - Quality Management

QVT - Quality Verification Test


RAD - Rapid Application Development

RBM - Rational Behavioral Model

RESA - Research, Evaluation, and Systems Analysis

RFI - Request For Information

RFP - Request For Proposal

RFT - Ready For Training

ROTFL, ROTFLMAO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off

RTFM - Read The F****** Manual


SAT - Systems Approach to Training

SGI - Small Group Instruction

SGL - Small Group Leader

SIM - Simulator

SIMTECH - Simulation Technology

SITD - Still In The Dark

SKA - Skills, Knowledge, Attitude

SMART - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time based (objective and goal setting)

SME - Subject Matter Expert

SOO - Statement Of Objectives

SOW - Statement Of Work

SPEC - Specification

SQ3R - Survey the material to be learned, develop Questions about the material, Read the material, Recall the key ideas, Review the material (learning strategy)

SQT - Skills Qualification Test

STRAP - System Training Plan

STX - Situational Training Exercise

SWAG - Scientific Wild Ass Guess


T&D - Training and Development

T&E - Training And Evaluation

TA - Transactional Analysis

TADS - Training Analysis Data Sheet

TADSS - Training Aids, Devices, Simulators, and Simulations

TBA - To Be Announced

TBD - To Be Determined

TDNS - Training Development Needs Statement

TDS - Training Development Study

TE - Training Emphasis

TEA - Training Effectiveness Advocate or Training Effectiveness Analysis

TEE - Training Effectiveness Evaluation

TEEP - Training Effectiveness Evaluation Plan

TEMP - Test and Evaluation Master Plan

TFT - Technical Feasibility Test

TINSTAAFL - There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

TKT - Threshold Knowledge Test

TLA - Training Level Assignment

TLO - Terminal Learning Objective

TM - Technical Manual

TMO - Training Material Outline

TMP - Training Management Plan

TO - Task Order

TOIS - Task Oriented Instructional System

TOS - Training Objective Statement

TPR - Trained Personnel Requirement

TPTB - The Powers That Be

TQM - Total Quality Management

TQR - Training Quality Report

TR - Training Requirement

TRADE - Training Devices

TSA - Training Situation Analysis

TSFC - Training System Functional Characteristics

TSP - Training Support Package

TT - Technical Test

TTHSS - Touch, Taste, Hear, Sight, Smell (5 Senses)

TWI - Training Within Industry


VAK - Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic

VI - Visual Information

VV&A - Verification, Validation, and Accreditation

VV&C - Verification, Validation and Certification


WAG - Wild Assed Guess

WBI - Web Based Instruction

WBPSS - Web Based Performance Support System

WBS - Work Breakdown Structure

WIIFM - What's In It For Me

WYSBYGI - What You See Before You Get It

WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get


YAFA - Yet Another Fine Acronym

YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary

YOYO - You're On Your Own

YTD - Year To Date


ZD - Zero Defects

From India, Ludhiana
hello Mohit, well it was really nice to get through such a detailed dictionary of "SF" - short forms . That was really nice. Hope to see more of your mails "ASAP" Till then TC - Take care
From India, Mumbai

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