I have noticed a job announcement with title Project Manager in Ice Breaker Team in a software company.

What does Ice Breaker Team mean?

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    We might need a bit more context. Is there no job description where you saw the announcement? Could be someone who helps ease tensions in teams, or it's project manager of an arctic expedition...
    – user34587
    Feb 15, 2019 at 10:03
  • @Kozaky It is a role in a SW company, not an arctic expedition
    – Ilyas H
    Feb 15, 2019 at 10:05
  • Could also mean a team which works in emerging markets
    – LaughU
    Feb 15, 2019 at 10:10
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    Something to do with snowcones I think
    – Kilisi
    Feb 15, 2019 at 11:38
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    it just means they are (supposedly) the "advance technology" team, the "R&D" team that does the "cutting edge" stuff. I wouldn't work with a company that uses such hokey terms :)
    – Fattie
    Feb 15, 2019 at 12:27

2 Answers 2


You should ask the employer. Only they can know the answer. The description of the job is more important, as well as the benefits.

It can mean anything:

  • early prototyping;
  • tension-breaking;
  • first team formed in the company;
  • just a (pseudo- / almost) random name for a team - with no other implied meaning at all; it could be "The Three Little Bears" as well;
  • and many others...
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    Your fourth comment here would more commonly be termed as a "project code name" - usually this would be an internal-facing opportunity where employees are expected to know what these weird names mean.
    – user44108
    Feb 15, 2019 at 10:18
  • @Snow: you are right. I just made a reference to the title of the question, which uses the word "Team". Also, one may come with the idea to have one name for the project and another name for the team. And so on :) +1
    – virolino
    Feb 15, 2019 at 10:21
  • A "funny" story - my own experience long in the past. Direct manager gathers the team to make some organizational announcements. One of them was something like: ""Person X was promoted to the position of [SomeRandomLetters]". Out of pure curiosity, I asked what the [SomeRandomLetters] means. Although the direct manager got angry at me that I did not such an "obvious" thing - it was also obvious that the manager did not know either. Conclusion: even the company may not know why they called something in a certain way.
    – virolino
    Feb 15, 2019 at 10:26

Best guess: This is simply the name of the team within the company. The company might use it to identify that team and might have thought it sounds cool enough to use in their job ad.

The name might or might not also tell a bit about what they do. Looking at the job ad (yes it's apparently easy enough to google it), this is a customer facing team where "You will be part of demonstrator projects with latest technology" - so the name might refer to breaking the ice with new customers.

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