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Master Glossary
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Term
Definition     Editor's Choice
Cat Source
Design Contract
A contract for design work [D00519]

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 PMK87
Design Control
A system for monitoring project scope, schedule and cost during the project's design stage. [D00520]

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 PMK87
Design Development
The process of identifying and verifying technical solutions to meet the requirements of the Conceptual Design. It brings a Conceptual design to the next level of detail, but not as detailed as the Detailed Design Stage. Depending on the size and nature of the project, it may be a separate Stage in the Project Life Span. [D03627]

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 RMW
Design Experiment
An analytical technique used in quality management to help identify the variables that have the most influence on the outcome of a process or a procedure. [D05968]

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 PMTWG
Design Management
The process of ensuring that there is:

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CHM

 CRMP
Management of the complete design process specific to the technology involved. [D02654]

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CHMT

 RMW
Design Management Plan
A component of the program definition statement which helps to:
It includes:
[D04964]

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CHM

 KSI
Design Model
An object model describing the realization of use cases; serves as an abstraction of the implementation model and its source code. [D04822]

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 RUP
Design of Experiment
The planning of an experiment to minimize the cost of data obtained and maximize the validity of range of results. Each experiment contains three parts: the experimental statement, the design, and the analysis. [D00521]

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 PMK87
QMPP
The planning of an experiment to minimize the cost of data obtained and maximize the validity range of the results. Requirements for a good experiment include clear treatment comparisons, controlled fixed and experimental variables and maximum freedom from systematic error. The experiments should adhere to the scientific principles of statistical design and analysis. Each experiment should include three parts: the experimental statement, the design and the analysis. Examples of experimental designs include: single/multi factor block, factorial, Latin square and nested arrangements. [D00522]

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 PMK87
Design Package
A collection of classes, relationships, use-case realizations, diagrams, and other packages, it is used to structure the design model by dividing it into smaller parts. It's the logical analogue of the implementation subsystem. [D04823]

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 RUP
Design Review
Systematic examination of a design to ensure that it will satisfy the specifications when produced. [D05322]

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 MFC
A formal, documented, comprehensive and systematic examination of a design to evaluate the design requirements and the capability of the design to meet these requirements and to identify problems and propose solutions. [D00523]

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 ISO 8402
QMPP
Design Subsystem
A model element which has the semantics of a package (it can contain other model elements) and a class (it has behavior). The behavior of the subsystem is provided by classes or other subsystems it contains. A subsystem realizes one or more interfaces, which define the behavior it can perform. Contrast: design package. [D04824]

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 RUP
Design Time
Refers to something that occurs during a design phase of the software development process. See modeling time. Contrast: analysis time. [D04719]

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 RUP
Design to Budget
A requirement placed on the Projectís Designers to verify that not only do their own costs in preparing the designs fall within agreed Budget line-items, but also that the estimated costs of constructing the designs that they produce also fall within agreed Budget line-items. [D00524]

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 PMGdLns
Design to Cost
Management of the design process to meet predetermined or agreed cost goals. [D02306]

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 RMW
A concept that establishes cost elements as management goals to achieve the best balance between life cycle cost, acceptable performance, and schedule. Under this concept, cost is a design constraint during the design and development phases and a management discipline throughout the acquisition and operation of the system or equipment. [D03495]

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 GAT
A process that constrains design options to a fixed cost limit. The cost limit is usually what the buyer can pay or what the marketplace demands. [D04074]

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 CSM
A management concept stipulating that:
  1. Rigorous cost goals are established during the development of a system and
  2. The control of costs, acquisition, operations, and support is achieved by practical trade-offs between operational capability, performance, costs, and schedule.
[D05969]

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CH

 PMTWG
Design-to Specifications
Documents that specify the "Design-to" requirements and may include functionality, performance, interfaces, constraints, effectiveness, and verification. [D04075]

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 CSM
Desirable Logic
Network Logic that is desirable, based on some preference or advantage. See also Irrefutable Logic
Editor's Note: Desirable logic may impose unnecessary conditions that preclude an optimum solution. In general Desirable Logic should be avoided. [D04359]

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 030
Detail Documentation
A written description at an exacting level. [D02655]

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 RMW
Detail Schedule
A schedule used to communicate the day-to-day activities to working levels on the project. [D00525]

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 PMK87
Detailed Check Estimate
A cost estimate based on a "paper" bid by a third party estimator, engaged by the project to submit a bid alongside actual bidders. [D06405]

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CH

 Costin
Detailed Design
The conversion of design-to specifications into designs and associated build-to and code-to documentation. Includes behavior analysis, requirements flowdown, concept trades, risk management, concept testing, producibility analysis, models, etc. [D04076]

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 CSM
Detailed Design Stage
That part of a project life cycle (Span) during which working drawings, standards, specifications and tender documents are prepared. See also Implementation Phase. [D00526]

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 CCCP
Detailed Engineering
The phase of engineering following basic engineering after approval has been given for the project. Provides the specifications and construction drawings which detail all engineering aspects for the construction of a project. [D04966]

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 SCL
Detailed Estimate
An estimate based on complete or nearly complete details of quantity, specifications, conditions and the like. Suitable for major commitments, cost tracking and control. Also known as Definitive Estimate, or "bottom up estimate". [D05158]

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C

 RMW
Detailed Planning
The lowest level of planning adopted in a project. [D00527]

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C

 NPMT
Detailed Plans
See Detailed Resource Plan and Detailed Technical Plan. [D00528]

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Detailed Resource Plan
A plan implemented when it is necessary to plan and control a certain major activity within a stage. The plan sets costs and resource usage that correspond to the detailed technical plan. [D00529]

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 WST
Detailed Schedule
A plan of activities for all work. The detailed schedule would typically cover activities up to at least the next major milestone. The detailed schedule supports and is consistent with the Master Schedule.
Editor's Note: See also Short Term Plan. [D02261]

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 010
Detailed Technical Plan
A plan that focuses on the activities appropriate to the technology used in the project. [D05862]

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 RMW
A plan used to give a specific breakdown of major activities. It exists in all but the smallest projects. [D00530]

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 WST
A plan providing a detailed breakdown of selected major activities, e.g. system testing, and produced as and when required. A Detailed Technical Plan should be established on all but the very smallest projects. [D03835]

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 PNG
Determination
Arrival at a conclusion, or firm resolution to do so. [D02656]

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 Webster
Determine Least Cost for Maximum Results
See Cost Benefit. [D02657]

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Determining Factors
In project portfolio management, these are key descriptors of the portfolio such as component definition, category definition, key criteria definition, and resources capacity to support the portfolio management process. The determining factors are agreed upon by the executive group and are based on the organization's strategic plan. [D05970]

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 PPM
Deterministic
An approach that presumes the presence of fixed constraints. [D02658]

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 RMW
Deterministic Network
A network with no facilities to accommodate probabilistic dependencies. Precedence networks are said to be deterministic. [D00531]

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 WST
Both activity on arrow and precedence networks are said to be deterministic since they have no facilities to accommodate probabilistic dependencies. [D03836]

N

 PNG
Developed Country
A term used generally to refer to a country having the advanced technology of the "western world" including that required to conduct professional project management. [D02659]

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 RMW
Developer
A person responsible for developing the required functionality in accordance with project-adopted standards and procedures. This can include performing activities in any of the requirements, analysis and design, implementation, and test workflows. [D04720]

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 RUP
Developing Country
A term used generally to refer to a country still aspiring to the advanced technology of the "western world". [D02660]

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 RMW
Development
The process of working out and extending the theoretical, practical, and/or useful application of an idea, concept, or preliminary design. [D02307]

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 RMW
See Development Phase [D02180]

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The systematic use, under whatever name, of scientific and technical knowledge in the design, development, test, or evaluation of a potential new product or service (or of an improvement in an existing product or service) for the purpose of meeting specific performance requirements or objectives. Development includes the functions of design engineering, prototyping, and engineering testing. [D03496]

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 GAT
Development Case
The software-engineering process used by the performing organization. It is developed as a configuration, or customization, of the Unified Process product, and adapted to the project's needs. [D04721]

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 RUP
Development Phase
The second of four sequential phases in the generic project life cycle (span). Also known as planning phase or definition phase. [D00533]

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 PMK87
A software life cycle period that contains the activities of requirements analysis, design, coding, integration, testing, integration and acceptance support of software products. [D00532]

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 008 -3
Also called the feasibility phase. That part of a project life span (cycle) comprising feasibility studies, if required, planning, engineering or development, after which a capital appropriation request is made, supported by a project brief. See also implementation phase. [D00534]

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 CCCP
Definitions for page D03: 52

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