The word or small phrase needs to fit into both of these sentences:

I've created a new job to install our product into this _______.
This ______ is owned by Joe Bloggs.

I'm creating an IT system for a company that installs products into customer's vehicles, boats, ride-on lawnmowers, garage doors and potentially houses. I need a term that incorporates all of these "things".

I'm leaning towards "Asset", however it's a bit confusing because it's not this company's asset, but the customer or client's asset.

I could call it "ClientAsset" but I want to keep it focused on the company's point of view where it's the thing that receives the work. So something that means the object that receives/takes/holds on to/contains/has work done, would be great!

Unfortunately I can't use the terms "Object" or "Item" on their own due to other constraints in the system.

This is a very important term in the system, as all the company's jobs detail work to be done on one of these objects.. if worst comes to worst I can use "JobObject"/"InstallationObject" or something similar to that.

Many thanks for any suggestions you can provide!

  • It's a pity you can't use Item, because that's what I think most native speakers would want to call it. I totally agree about not using "Asset", which will confuse the hell out of anyone coming from an Accounting perspective. Can you use "Commission"?
    – David Pugh
    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:04
  • you could possibly call them "targets"
    – Fattie
    Jun 5, 2015 at 16:03
  • If you read some "ye olde swordfighting lore", the two terms are agents and patients. (yes, I only know this from reading Seven Eves!)
    – Fattie
    Jun 5, 2015 at 16:05

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In my line of work we would assign the label Work_Package or WorkPackage with the understanding that deliverables are applied to said package. So for instance, if the job was to install two new treadmills in a Gym, then:

WorkPackage: Harvey's Gym Deliverables: Treadmills x 2

Will requires some education as to the definition for colleagues though.


You can consider workpiece to emphasize that it is a thing that will be worked on.

The object which is worked on with a machine or tool. [OED]


How about chattel?

From Oxford:

1.1 Law An item of property other than freehold land, including tangible goods ( chattels personal) and leasehold interests ( chattels real).

  1. (In general use) a personal possession.

This isn't a common word with other senses that could be confused with variables in your program. Also, this can be used in the singular form, unlike most synonyms for personal effects.

You could call it JobChattel if you like.

  • 1
    It definitely isn't a common word, this is the first time I've heard of it. But it fits the context perfectly (IMO) :-).
    – Lucky
    Jun 5, 2015 at 12:06
  • Huh? It's a completely common word.
    – Fattie
    Jun 5, 2015 at 16:01

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