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

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

Working together, cooperation. [D02475]

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

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

Gathered into a group, aggregate. [D02477]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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

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]

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
  1. An agreement to do something, or
  2. A firm reservation of funds to meet future contractual obligations

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

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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

Public stakeholders typically associated with a project. [D02488]

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

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

Suitable, capable of coexistence in harmony. [D02490]

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

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]

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

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