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Configuration Management Board
The authoritative committee of qualified senior representatives responsible for configuration control. [D02516]

Configuration Relationships
The technical description of the interfaces between configuration items. [D02518]

Configuration Status Accounting
Records and reports the current status and history of all changes to the configuration. Provides a complete record of what happened to the configuration to date. [D04409]

Two or more parties having differing interests or perspectives that require resolution to achieve project goals. [D02519]

The state that exists when two groups have goals that will affect each other differently. [D02520]

Conflict Management
Handling of conflicts between project participants or groups in order to create optimal project results. [D00285]

The ability to manage conflict effectively. [D00283]

The process by which the project manager uses appropriate managerial techniques to deal with the inevitable disagreements, both technical and personal in nature, that develop among those working toward project accomplishment. [D00284]

The art of managing conflict creatively and productively. This art channels these conflicts so that the result is positive and preferably synergistic, rather than destructive. [D03430]

The art of managing conflict effectively. Nearly all projects encounter conflict. It occurs at all levels largely because there are so many different parties working together each with their own aims. Also, people come together who often barely know each other and yet are asked to work together under pressure. The art of conflict management is to channel conflicts so that the result is positive rather than destructive. [D03815]

Conflict Resolution
To seek a solution to a problem, five methods in particular have been proven through confrontation, compromise, smoothing, forcing and withdrawal. [D00286]

Conformance to Requirements
When a product meets all aspects of its specification, it is said to be in Conformance to Requirements. [D02521]

Where two parties work together toward a solution of the problem. [D00287]

In project team decision-making, full agreement within the group of a course of action including all its details. This approach requires negotiation within the group of all the precise details. While leading to a higher level of 'buy-in', the result tends to be equivalent to the 'lowest common denominator'. Negotiations may be protracted and the final course not necessarily optimal and in the best interests of the project's goals. (See also Consent.) [D00288]

Consensus Decision Process
Group decisions resulting from members engaging in full and open discussion and then reaching consensus to live with and openly support the resulting decision. [D04042]

In project team decision-making, acquiescence or agreement to a course of action commonly characterized by comfort with the general direction though not necessarily with all the specific details. In project decision-making, consent is considered a more practical approach than consensus. (See also Consensus.) [D00289]

The results following some activity or activities. [D02522]

In contract law, something of value. It may be money, an act, or a promise. It is one of the key elements required to have a binding contract. [D03473]

Aspects to be evaluated. Also, some form of compensation in return for something done. [D02523]

The degree of uniformity, standardization, and freedom from contradiction among the documents or parts of a system or component. [D05169]

To bring together into one logical grouping. [D02524]

A form of partnership involving a number of parties. [D02526]

A business relationship (usually international) between one company and another company (or division of the same company) in which one party has primary responsibility. [D02525]

Anyone who is impacted by a project, often as members of the public, but not directly involved as participants. [D03126]

A restriction that must be balanced with all other constraints to achieve project success. The four primary and universal project constraints are scope, quality grade, time and resources. [D00292]

A restriction or limitation you set on the start or finish dated of a task. [D00290]

Applicable restriction which will affect the scope. Any factor which affects when an activity can be scheduled. (See Restraint.) [D00291]

Constraint, project constraint
A factor that will limit the project management team's options. For example, a predefined budget is a constraint that may limit the team's scope, staffing and schedule options. [D04950]

Restrictions or boundaries impacting overall capability, priority, and resources. [D02290]

A generic term for factors affecting the possible start and finish dates of an activity including logic and imposed dates. [D03816]

The extent to which the design of a structure facilitates ease of construction, subject to the overall requirements for the completed form. [D02184]

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The optimum use of construction knowledge and experience in planning, engineering, procurement and field operations to achieve the overall objective. [D02185]

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All the work involved in assembling resources and putting together the materials required to form a new or changed facility. [D02528]

The organization and coordination of all the resources needed to complete the erection, installation, or assembly of a new facility. [D02527]

The third phase of the Unified Process, in which the results and plan developed in the elaboration phase are funded for full scale construction. Full scale construction involves a progressively advancing set of iterations for creating and thorough testing of all remaining components and application features integrated into the final product. This brings the whole to a state ready for transition to the care, custody and control of the customer. The four phases of the Unified Process are Inception, Elaboration, Construction, and Transition. [D04815]

Construction Contractor
A corporation or individual who has entered into a contract with the organization to perform construction work. [D00293]

Construction Cost
Any of the cost types (appropriations, commitment, expenditure or estimate to complete) associated with the scope of the construction work. See also project cost. [D00294]

Construction Management ("CM")
The process by which a potential owner of a capital facility engages a professional agent, referred to as a construction manager, to coordinate, communicate and direct the entire process of construction from the project planning stage through design, procurement, construction and startup, in terms of scope, quality, time and cost. [D00296]

A company that performs the duties of the construction manager and his staff. Especially on large construction projects, such firms may take over the role of a general contractor, by providing day-to-day supervision and direction of activities by general and subtrade construction contractors. [D00295]

Construction Manager
The title of a position on the project team. This person is responsible to the project manager for directing the construction of a project within authority and responsibility limits, usually established by the contract. On smaller projects, a construction contractor may assign this role to a superintendent. [D00297]

Construction Stage
That part of a project life cycle during which the construction work is carried out. See also implementation phase. [D00298]

Construction Work
The construction, rehabilitation, alteration, conversion, extension, demolition, or repair of buildings, highways, or other changes or improvements to real property, including facilities providing utility services. The term also includes the supervision, inspection, and other on-site functions incidental to the actual construction. [D03474]

Bias towards a construction environment. [D02529]

Constructive Challenge
Informed interrogation and discussion of proposed concepts/solutions by peers and experts to ensure that the concepts/solutions are well founded and justified. [D04043]

Constructive Change
An owner's action or inaction that impacts the contractor's working conditions and hence constitutes an unauthorized modification of the original contract intent. [D03475]

One who provides some specialized service based on their special qualifications, education or experience. [D02530]

The services provided by a consultant. [D02531]

Consumable Resource
A type of resource that remains available until consumed (for example, a material). [D00299]

Supplies that are consumed in the course of a project. A collective term representing a wide variety of items too small to be accounted for individually, although generally identified by groupings. [D02532]

Contemplated Change Notice
A form issued to a construction contractor requesting its quotation for a proposed change in the scope of work that would be included in its contract. [D00300]

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