What is Xenodochial?
Xenodochial describes something that is kind to strangers. In IT, this has a more specific meaning, intuitive or easy to understand.
Xenodochial is literally Greek because it is 'kind to strangers'. This has specific meaning in a few different areas of IT.
As part of agile software development, a project manager (PM) continuously controls team members, business managers and external stakeholders. A xenodochial style of project management implies that the PM can get along well with these different groups to keep the project on track.
In the context of user interface (UI) design, xenodochial essentially means user-friendly. UIs are accessed by users with different backgrounds, cultural norms, and languages. A user interface that is Xendochial is intuitive and responsive to all different groups.
In the context of an operating system, one with a command line interface (CLI) is generally less xenodochial than an OS with a graphical user interface (GUI). GUIs can (or should) be usable without formal training. On the other hand, to switch an operating system from the Command line out of managing, the user has to spend a lot of time learning the system.