T.P.S. REPORT. COVER SHEET. Prepared By::______. Device/Program Type: Product Code:: Vendor: Due Date: Loss: Test Date: Run Date: Program Run. TEST PROGRAM SET. According to director Mike Judge, TPS reports stand for Test Program Set in the movie. I guess I can settle this once and. Thanks to that scene, “TPS report” has entered the vernacular and is routinely used when someone wants to evoke mundane, rote busywork.

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By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. In the film Office Spacethere is an ongoing joke about Peter Gibbons not putting cover sheets on his TPS Reports, and multiple people reminding him or showing incredulity at him not doing that.

Are they something that was invented specifically for Office Space? Or are they are something that only exists in more specialized areas? I guess I can settle this once and for all,” Mike Judge, the movie’s writer and director, said of the dreaded report his protagonist, Peter Gibbons, failed to attach a cover sheet to, despite his eight bosses’ memo to do so.

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In popular culture, TPS Reports are defined as mindless paperwork in an office environment:. After its use in the comedic film Office Space, “TPS report” has come to connote pointless, mindless paperwork, and an example of “literacy practices” in the work environment that are iinitech exercises imposed upon employees by an inept and uncaring management” and “relentlessly mundane and enervating”.


According to the film’s writer and director Mike Judge, the abbreviation stood for “Test Program Set” in the movie. In the movie, multiple managers and coworkers inquire about a single error that Peter Gibbons makes in utilizing a wrong cover sheet to send his TPS reports.

It is used by Gibbons as an example that he has eight different persons he directly reports to.

There is also a definition in the urban dictionary regarding TPS reports defining them as Total Pointless Stuff among other things. The document describes how the tester will physically run the test, the physical set-up required, and the procedure steps that need to be followed. The standard defines ten procedure steps that may be applied when running a test.

Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. What are TPS Reports? TPS reports are what the screenwriting industry refers to as “McGuffins”. The possibility amuses me that Mike Judge himself might misremember the abbreviation from his engineering time or his former team didn’t know better and it really was the abbreviation for the IEEE Test Procedure Specification mentioned in another answer.


If it did come from IEEE and change, it’s even funnier. The company adopts it, but writing “Test Procedure Specification” over and over is irritating, so people started writing tpz. The company hired new engineers, they see “TPS” but don’t know intiech it came from.

Someone mistakenly calls it a “Test Program Set”, and it catches on. Now that’s the term the company uses, even though it doesn’t actually mean it.

Someone updates a process document, and now it sticks. I wasn’t using urban dictionary as any kind of reference.

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I included it in my answer to show the relevance of this term in pop culture. I certainly didn’t get my answer from urban dictionary I fail to understand what is a serious reference from urban dictionary. Segfault – No, it is nowhere near as reliable as Wikipedia. WP has forces that at least try to cull crap from it. The only real useful information a person can really get from UD is that the term really is “A Thing”.

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