A definition and a story from Proposal Land.
Note that nothing ever slips to the left.
Subject matter expert; acronym pronounced either by spelling out (S-M-E) or as “Smee” (like Captain Hook’s sidekick). Lovely example of internally redundant terminology: What is an expert expert in, if not some subject matter? Likely driven by perverse need to use three-letter acronyms for perfectly ordinary concepts, but that’s another …
Technically not a problem in Proposal Land, since it happens after contract award, but good to be aware of the tendency when making commitments you’ll be held to later.
One of the things every proposal team must understand clearly.