Let's say a company is developing a product and they call it somehow internally, but that name will change in the future if the product is released. The general word for that is temporal name, but I am looking for a more specific professional term.

For the last 5 years they have been working on a project with the _____(temporal name) "ABC", which was released a few months ago under the title of "ZXY".

  • Personally I would not use "temporal" in a context like this. "Temporal" has other senses - as well as its rare use as a synonym of "temporary" e.g. as an opposite to "spiritual" or "religious".
    – WS2
    May 31, 2018 at 8:08

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I don't know exactly what is your job. In some sectors working title may fit your needs.

working title (wikipedia)

A working title, sometimes called a production title, is the temporary title of a product or project used during its development, usually used in filmmaking, television production, novel, video game development, or music album.


"Working name"


Microsoft also is believed to be working on a lightweight collaboration and document-sharing app (which may be using "Flip" as its working name)


The new software hasn’t been officially given a name yet, though Microsoft’s official working name is Communications Server ‘14.’

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