There's that "top manager" thing again. I think it's safe to say that relatively few managers look for people who will tell them about their institutional inefficiencies. Most, I fear, have bestowed the title of "top manager" upon themselves and look for sycophants to provide some verisimilitude. .
Top managers never use task as a verb . Your "cost in place" is what Miner described as "total cost of ownership." Same concept, different words.