Summary: Is the usage of the word "Friday" to refer to released/old software or requirements something widely used and if so: is there a definition and/or reasoning behind this terminology?

Longer version: At my current workplace, some formal requirements are written in the form 'High-level description of some functionality', followed by "See Friday Functionality".

From context, I understand that this requirement refers to an existing functionality in already released software (from the same company) that solves the same high-level problem. I have also heard similar usage in meetings, such as: "Friday requirements", "Friday solution" or "Friday software".

Since I haven't heard it before I have tried to search with Google and asking the persons that use this terminology in meetings to find out if this is internal jargon or something widely used and preferably get a formal definition (since it is used in requirements). My success so far has been lacking.

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    I never heard that. – πάντα ῥεῖ Mar 7 '18 at 14:51
  • I have never heard it either. My first guess is that it's a product name or a code name for a product. Or the formal requirements were pushed up against a hard deadline, and some informal notes found their way into the phrasing of the formal requirements. I could see having referred to a meeting that occurred on Friday, or a version of the requirements that were released on the previous Friday. – Cort Ammon Mar 7 '18 at 15:36
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    Then that's what it means. It's a code name for an older product, nothing more than that. – Robert Harvey Mar 7 '18 at 16:03
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    @DavidArno: I've been doing this for a very long time, and this is the first I've ever heard of the expression. The real question is, should we be using this site as a forum for every random word that someone doesn't understand in his workplace? – Robert Harvey Mar 7 '18 at 16:22
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    @RobertHarvey, fair point. This should have been closed as off-topic, inviting the OP to post on English language and usage. Voting to close it as opinion-based wasn't helpful. – David Arno Mar 7 '18 at 16:25

This probably derives from the "Friday Car" used for cars which had lots of problems in the belief it was built on Friday afternoon when all the factory workers were thinking of going home for the weekend.

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