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Definition     Editor's Choice
Pessimistic Time
Roughly speaking, this is the worst-case time to complete an activity. The term has a more precise meaning which is defined in PERT literature. [D03724]

 PPS&C p341
See Planned Finish Date

See Pretty Good Privacy

A major period in the life of a project culminating in a major milestone. A Phase may encompass several Stages. [D01186]

A defined segment of work. [D01185]

 08 -3
A logical group of related tasks that completes a major step in a project. [D01187]

See Project Phase. [D01188]

The time between two major project milestones, during which a well-defined set of objectives is met, artifacts are completed, and decisions are made to move or not move into the next phase. [D04744]

A part of the program's life cycle, into which activities to manage the program are grouped. The four phases of a program are Program Identification, Program Definition, Program Execution and Benefits Realization. All four phases may be repeated for each tranche of a program if necessary. [D05036]

Phased Planning
A realistic approach to certain types of projects, such as research, where conditional branches are anticipated (i.e. if we get that result we will go in this direction.) It permits the project manager to plan only to the level of detail that is known at the time. [D02327]

 PPS&C p43-44
The process of segregating activities into a series of sequential phases. [D03141]

A body of truths and firm beliefs. Organizationally, it is the basis for the development of mission, goals, objectives, organization, executive action plans, and controls. [D01189]

 TML 221
Physical Configuration Audit
An engineering inspection of a Configuration Item (CI) to verify that the item "As-built" conforms to the "Build-to" documentation. Results of the PCA are part of the Acceptance Review. [D04172]

An engineering audit of a Configuration Item (CI) or System conducted by the Buyer to verify that the item "As-built" conforms to the "Build-to" documentation. The PCA is a method of verification. Results of the PCA are part of the Acceptance Review. [D01190]

 VPM 291-4
Physical Percent Complete
The percentage of the work content of an activity that has been achieved. [D01191]

Physical Restraint
A situation in which a physical activity or work item must be completed before the next activity or work items in the sequence can begin (e.g. concrete must harden before removing formwork). [D01192]

Pictorial Display
In Scheduling, a display in the form of a still picture, slide or video, that represents scheduling information. [D01791]

A form of testing a new development and its implementation prior to committing to its full release. [D04469]

Pilot Production
The initial limited-quantity production used to confirm readiness for large quantity production. [D04173]

A briefing, either formal or informal. [D03668]

An intended future course of action. The basis for project controls. [D01194]

A future course of action. [D01193]

A generic term used for a statement of intentions whether they relate to time, cost or quality in their many forms. See also Resourcing Plan, Risk Management Plan, Quality Plan. [D03886]

Plan Development
Stage of planning during which the plan is initially created. [D01195]

Plan Type
A way of distinguishing between different standard plans. [D03142]

Planned Activity
An activity which has not started or finished prior to the data date. [D01197]

An activity not yet started. [D01196]

Planned Cost
Costs set when the schedule becomes the plan or baseline plan. [D01198]

Planned Finish Date ("PF")
See Scheduled Finish Date. [D01199]

Planned Future Expenditures
Includes all anticipated future expenditures, excluding Obligations, necessary to complete the project scope planned for the current fiscal year. [D01200]

Planned Start Date ("PS")
See Scheduled Start Date. [D01201]

Planned Value
The sum of the budgets for all planned (earned value) work, scheduled to be accomplished within a given time period. Also known as the Budgeted Costs for Work Scheduled. [D04648]

Planned Value for Work Accomplished ("PVWA")
An early term for BCWP. [D04646]

Planned Value for Work Scheduled ("PVWS")
An early term for BCWS. [D04647]

A member of a project team or project support office with the responsibility for planning ,scheduling and tracking of projects. They are often primarily concerned with schedule, progress and manpower resources. [D04470]

Planner Time
Man-hours related to the planning function. [D01202]

The process of identifying the means, resources and actions necessary to accomplish an objective. [D01204]

Proposing the timing, staffing and possibly budget breakdown of work to be done. (See also Project Planning.) [D01203]

The process of preparing a plan. It involves answering the questions:
  1. What must be done in the future to reach the project objective?
  2. How it will be done?
  3. Who will do it, and
  4. When it will be done?

A systematic arrangement of tasks to accomplish an objective. [D02342]

 PMH p203
Planning Account
Tasks which have been detailed to the greatest extent practicable, but which cannot yet be subdivided into detailed work package tasks. Planning accounts can exist at any level above the task level. [D04649]

Planning Matrix
A matrix in which planned activities are listed on one side (usually the left), involved people or groups are listed across a perpendicular side (usually the top), and involvement of a particular individual or group in a particular activity is signified by a tic mark where the row and column intersect. [D01207]

 SPM 304-9
Planning Package
A logical group of work within a cost account, that is identified and budgeted in early baseline planning but is not yet subdivided into work packages. [D04174]

A logical aggregation of far-term work within a cost account that can be identified and budgeted but not yet defined into work packages. Planning packages are identified during the initial baseline planning to establish the time phasing of the major activities within a cost account and the quantity of the resources required for their performance. Planning packages are placed into work packages consistent with the rolling wave concept prior to the performance of the work. [D01208]

Planning Period
The period prior to implementation when project activity, resource and quality plans are produced. [D01209]

Planning Phase
See Development Phase) [D01206]

In project work, the land, buildings, machinery, apparatus, and fixtures employed in carrying on a trade or an industrial business. [D03143]

See Participant. [D03669]

See Project Life Span

Plug Date
A date externally assigned to an activity that establishes the earliest or latest date on which the activity is allowed to start or finish. [D01210]

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