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Definition     Editor's Choice
Change Order/Purchase Order Amendment
Written order directing the contractor to make changes according to the provisions of the contract. [D00221]

Change Request
A request needed to obtain formal approval for changes to the scope, design, methods, costs or planned aspects of a project. Change requests may arise through changes in the business or issues in the project. Change requests should be logged, assessed and agreed on before a change to the project can be made. [D04399]

Request arising through changes in the business or issues in the project. Change requests should be logged, assessed and agreed on before a change to the project can be made. Changes may affect the scope, quality, time and/or cost of the project and/or other planned aspects of the project. [D00222]

A general term for any request from a stakeholder to change an artifact or process. Documented in the Change Request is information on the origin and impact of the current problem, the proposed solution, and its cost. See also enhancement request, defect. [D04704]

Changed Conditions
(in Contract) A change in the contract environment. physical or otherwise, compared to that contemplated at the time of bid. [D00223]

A physical, chemical, visual, functional or any other identifiable property of a product or material, [D00224]

A graphical display of quantitative or qualitative data. [D02462]

Chart of Accounts
Any numbering system used to monitor project costs by category, usually based on the corporate chart of accounts of the primary performing organization,. [D00226]

Any numbering system used to monitor project costs by category (e.g., labor, supplies, materials). The project chart of accounts is usually based upon the corporate chart of accounts of the primary performing organization. See also code of accounts. [D00225]

Chart Room
A room filled with planning documents displayed as charts, typically hung on the walls, used on large projects, and usually marked to indicate current status. [D00227]

 SPM 304-9
See Project Charter [D00228]

The process of verifying that an activity or object conforms to a given standard. [D02463]

A list of items to help in the process of checking. [D02464]

A regular technical and managerial control point. [D03808]

A set of conditions that well-formed artifacts of a particular type should exhibit. May also be stated in the form of questions which should be answered in the affirmative. [D04705]

Chief Executive Officer
A company's most senior manager, responsible and accountable for a company's performance. [D04018]

A lower-level element in a hierarchical structure. [D00229]

Child Activity
Subordinate task belonging to a "parent" task existing at a higher level in the Work Breakdown Structure. [D04400]

See Configuration Item

The assertion of one of the contracting parties against the other seeking financial adjustment or interpretation with financial implications of an existing contract, subject to the terms of the contract's dispute clause. [D02284]

The term "claim" should be reserved for extra payment sought by a construction contractor for work allegedly not included in the scope of its contract, or otherwise for damages or loss suffered because of actions or omissions by the Owner. Thus a claim is a legitimate request for additional compensation (cost and/or time) due to a change in the terms of the contract. The term "claim" would also apply to demands arising from a contractual dispute. [D00230]

A written demand or written assertion by one of the contracting parties seeking, as a matter of right, the payment of money in a sum certain, the adjustment or interpretation of contract terms, or other relief arising under or relating to the contract. [D03468]

As a contractual term, refers to communication between a buyer and a seller to eliminate minor irregularities or apparent clerical errors in a proposal. [D04019]

A description of a set of objects that share the same attributes, operations, methods, relationships, and semantics. A class may use a set of interfaces to specify collections of operations it provides to its environment. See Interface. [D04810]

A grouping of elements according to some criteria, e.g. Cost Classes [D02465]

The bringing together into classes of elements that are similar such as the grouping of costs, samples, tests, types of work, etc. [D02466]

Classification of Defects
The enumeration of possible defects of the unit of product, classified according to their seriousness. Defects will normally be grouped into the classes of critical, major or minor; however, they may be grouped into other classes, or into subclasses within these classes. [D00231]

 MIL-STD 105
Clearance Number
Is the number of successively inspected units which must be found free of defects concerned before a certain action to change the inspection procedure can be taken, [D00232]

The party to a contract who commissions the work and pays for it on completion. [D04401]

The person or organization for whom a project is implemented. [D00233]

The party (or parties) sponsoring the project. [D04943]

Client Environment
The conditions under which a client operates, such as the social factors found within the organization. [D02467]

Client Quality Services
The process of creating a two-way feedback system to define expectations, opportunities and anticipated needs. [D00234]

Closed Projects
Projects that have either been completed, or abandoned, and may no longer have expenditures or credits charged to them. [D02468]

The completion of all work on a project.
Editor's Note: See also Transfer of Care, Custody and Control. [D00235]

The completion of project work once the project has been implemented. The phase at the end of the project lifecycle just before the operations begin.
Editor's Note: Confusingly, this period is often called Startup since this refers to the startup of the facility. [D03809]

Closeout Report
Documentation of the Closeout process. See Project Closeout. [D02469]

Closeout, phase
See Project Closeout. [D00236]

The process of terminating the bidding process. [D02470]

The bringing to an end, finish or conclusion, typically in discussions or debates. [D02471]

The formal end point of a project, either because it has been completed or because it has been terminated early. [D04402]

See Configuration Management

See Construction Management

See Capability Maturity Model

The process of assisting people to improve their performance. [D02472]

A referencing system typically applied to the elements of a work breakdown structure. Also, the results of programming software. [D02473]

See Source Code. [D04022]

Code and Unit Test
The activities of writing software and performing the initial test. [D04020]

Code of Accounts
Any numbering system used to uniquely identify each element of the work breakdown structure. See also Chart of Accounts. [D00238]

A standard breakdown of expenses. [D00237]

Once the project has been divided into the WBS work packages, a code or numbering system is assigned to the cost data for cost monitoring, control, reports, tax class separations and for forecasting purposes. [D00239]

The framework of codes or numbers which are each assigned to major work categories for the purpose of tax class separation, cost control, reporting and forecasting. [D04944]

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