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Term
Definition     Editor's Choice
 
Source
Coding
The assignment and use of code numbers for each project activity to facilitate control and reporting. [D04945]

 SCL
The process of applying a code, typically to the elements of a breakdown structure. [D02474]

 RMW
Collaboration
Working together, cooperation. [D02475]

 RMW
A process of maximizing both cooperative and assertive behavior to satisfy two parties in conflict with one another. [D02476]

 PMDT
Collapsing
In an outline, hiding the tasks that are subordinate to summary tasks, leaving only the summary tasks visible. [D00240]

 MSP98
Collective
Gathered into a group, aggregate. [D02477]

 RMW
Combative
Disposed to fight, pugnacious. An aggressive style of management. [D02478]

 RMW
Commercial
The financial arrangements associated with the exchange of goods and services. [D02479]

 RMW
Commercial Item Description
Specifications and other documentation that describe commercial products or services. [D04023]

 CSM
Commission and Handover
The completion, testing and transfer of a facility to the "Care, custody and control" of the operators. See also Commissioning. [D02480]

 RMW
Commissioning
Advancement of an installation from the stage of static completion to full working order and achievement of the specified operational requirements. [D04403]

 APM
BS
Activities performed for the purpose of substantiating the capability of the project to function as designed. [D00241]

 PMK87
The start-up of an operation after construction work is complete. Usually the responsibility and costs fall to operations and so these costs are not included in the project budget. [D04946]

 SCL
Commissions and Bonuses
Financial rewards for superior effort. See also Bonus. [D02481]

 RMW
Commit
The operation that ends a unit of work to make permanent the changes it has made to resources (transaction or data). [D04811]

 RUP
Commitment
Any obligation or engagement that pledges actions of project participants or payment of goods or services. See also Commitment Cost. [D00245]

 NPMT
A binding financial obligation typically in the form of a purchase order. [D00242]

 WST
An agreement to consign or reserve the necessary resources to fulfill a requirement until expenditure occurs. A commitment is an event. (See also Obligation) [D00243]

 FWH
An obligation to pay money at some future time, such as a purchase order or travel authorization, which represents a charge to a project budget even though not yet actually paid. [D00244]

 SPM 304-9
Either
  1. An agreement to do something, or
  2. A firm reservation of funds to meet future contractual obligations
[D02286]

 RMW
A pact that is freely assumed, visible, and expected to be kept by all parties. [D05168]

 SA-CMM
Commitment Document
A contract, change order or purchase order issued for the supply of goods and services. The document legally binds the organization and commits it to financial and other obligations. A letter of intent is also a Commitment Document. [D00246]

 CCCP
Commitment Estimate
See Estimate Class A [D02221]

  
Commitment Package
A unit of work, typically part of a work breakdown structure, which is performed external to the organization through a contract or purchase order. See also Work Package. [D00248]

 RMW
Commitment to Objectives
Genuine acceptance of the purpose and direction (of the project.) See also Buy-In. [D02482]

 RMW
Committed Cost
A cost "type". The value of commitment documents issued for the scope of the work within a cost class as of a reporting date. A cost class may be partially or completely committed at any particular time. [D00247]

 CCCP
Committed Costs
Costs that are legally committed even if delivery has not taken place with invoices neither raised nor paid. [D04404]

 APM
BS
Costs that will still be incurred even if the project is terminated. [D00249]

 WST
Common Carrier
A person holding themselves out to the general public to provide transportation or telecommunications services for compensation. [D03469]

 GAT
Communicating With Groups
The means by which the project manager conducts meetings, presentations, negotiations, and other activities necessary to convey the project's needs and concerns to the project team and other groups. [D00250]

 PMK87
Communicating With Individuals
Involves all activities by which the project manager transfers information or ideas to individuals working on the project. [D00251]

 PMK87
Communication
The transmission and validated receipt of information so that the recipient understands what the sender intends, and the sender is assured that the intent is understood. [D04318]

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The transmission of information so that the recipient understands what the sender intends. [D00252]

 WST
The effective transmission of information so that the recipient understands clearly what the receiver intends. Communication media may take several forms: Oral, written, textural, numerical, graphic, body language, paper, electronic, physical, etc. In short, bring together and control effectively those things which need interrelating in order for the project to be properly assessed, configured and implemented. [D03810]

 PNG
See also Effective Communication. [D04357]

  
Communication Channels
The path along which the exchange of information takes place or is supposed to take place. Typically refers to the sequence of individuals in a chain of command. [D02483]

 RMW
Communication Plan, Strategic
An overall communications approach which provides guidance for all communication activities including development of strategic and tactical plans for each phase.
[D02233]

 14
Communication Plan, Tactical
A communication plan developed in each phase of the project outlining the tactics to be used in each phase. [D02234]

 14
Communication Room
A central location where vital project information is displayed for all to see. Sometimes referred to as a War Room.
Editor's Note: This is a very effective way of maintaining project visibility, especially with regard to progress, etc. However, has limited application for virtual project organizations. An Internet or Intranet web page is becoming a viable and popular alternative. [D02484]

 RMW
Communications Management
The proper organization and control of information transmitted by whatever means to satisfy the needs of the project. It includes the processes of transmitting, filtering, receiving and interpreting or understanding information using appropriate skills according to the application in the project environment. It is at once the master and the servant of a project in that it provides the means for interaction between the many disciplines, functions and activities, both internal and external to the project, and which together result in the successful completion of that project. [D00253]

 PMK87
Communications Plan
A statement of project stakeholders' communication and information needs. [D00254]

 RMW
A plan indicating how Objectives, Plans and Progress of the program are to be communicated to staff. [D03811]

 PNG
The plan for how the objectives, plans and progress of the program are to be communicated to staff, to promote a feeling of common ownership, to facilitate knowledge transfer and training, and to ensure that those involved throughout the life of the program. [D04947]

 KSI
Communications Planning
Determining project stakeholders' communication and information needs. [D04405]

 APM
Community
Public stakeholders typically associated with a project. [D02488]

 RMW
Company
Term used primarily to refer to a business first party, the purpose of which is to supply a product or service. [D00255]

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QMPP
Comparison
The process of comparing, typically referring to current status compared to the planned or baselines. [D02489]

 RMW
Compatibility
Suitable, capable of coexistence in harmony. [D02490]

 RMW
The characteristic or ability of systems to coexist and function in the same environment without mutual interference. [D02491]

 PMDT
Compensation
Something given on account of goods provided, services, some form of loss or misuse. Usually financial, to offset an adverse situation such as a claim. [D02492]

 RMW
Wages, salaries, honoraria, commissions, professional fees, and any other form of remuneration provided directly or indirectly for services rendered. [D03470]

 GAT
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