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Term
Definition     Editor's Choice
Cat Source
Pilot Production
The initial limited-quantity production used to confirm readiness for large quantity production. [D04173]

JN
CHMT

 CSM
PIR
See Post Implementation Review

N

  
Pitch
A briefing, either formal or informal. [D03668]

N

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

FGJN
CHMT

 WST
A future course of action. [D01193]

JN

 CCCP
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]

JN

 PNG
A document, framed in accordance with a predefined scheme or method, describing how, when and by whom a specific target or set of targets is to be achieved. It is a design of how identified targets for products, time scales, costs and quality can be met. [D05813]

JN

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

JN

 PMK87
Plan Type
A way of distinguishing between different standard plans. [D03142]

JN

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

JN

 PMK87
An activity not yet started. [D01196]

JN

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

JN

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

JN

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

GJN

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

JN

  
Planned Value ("PV")
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]

JN

 QWF
The physical work scheduled, plus the authorized budget to accomplish the scheduled work. Previously, this was called the Budgeted Costs for Work Scheduled (BCWS). [D05569]

JN

 PMK00
Planned Value for Work Accomplished ("PVWA")
An early term for BCWP. [D04646]

JN

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

JN

 QWF
Planner
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]

GJN

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

GJN

 PMK87
Planning
The process of identifying the means, resources and actions necessary to accomplish an objective. [D01204]

GJN

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

GJN

 NPMT
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?
[D01205]

GJN

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

JN

 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]

JN

 QWF
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]

JN

 SPM p304-9
Planning Package
A logical grouping of work within a cost account that is identified and budgeted in early baseline planning but is not yet subdivided into work packages. [D04174]

GJN

 CSM
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]

GJN

 WST
Planning Period
The period in the life span pf a project, prior to Implementation, when project activity, resource and quality plans are produced. [D01209]

GJN

 RMW
Planning Phase
See Development Phase. [D01206]

FGJN
CHMT

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

N
C

 Webster
Player
See Participant. [D03669]

FGJ
CHMT

  
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]

JN

 PMK87
Plugged date
A form of imposed date by which an activity start or finish date is predetermined, with potential for negative float [D05037]

JN

 040
PM
See Project Manager

FGJ
CHMT

  
See Project Management

VFGJN
CHMT

  
PMB
See Performance Measurement Baseline

JN

  
PMBoK
See Project Management Body of Knowledge

VFGJN
CHMT

  
PMBOK®
The term PMBOK® Guide refers to the Project Management Institute's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge publication.
Note: Definitions with Source shown as PMK96 are reprinted from the Guide with the permission of the Project Management Institute.**
**Project Management Institute Headquarters, Four Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, PA 19073-2399 USA. Phone: (610) 356-4600, Fax: (610) 356-4647, Project Management Institute ("PMI") is the world's leading project management association with over 120,000 members worldwide (in 2000). For further information contact PMI Headquarters at (610) 356-4600 or visit the web site at ; Project Management Institute, Inc. All rights reserved.
"PMI" and the PMI logo are services and trademarks registered in the United States and other nations; "PMP" and the PMP logo are certification marks registered in the United States and other nations; "PMBOK® Guide" "PM Network", and "PMI Today" are trademarks registered in the United States and other nations; and "Project Management Journal" and "Building professionalism in project management." are trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
PMI® requires users of the PMI®, PMP® and PBMOK® Guide marks to include the trademark symbol "®" immediately next to each use or appearance of these marks and, as well, acknowledge and state in a prominent place in the publication on which the marks appear that they are trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc."
[D02182]

N

 PMK96
PMBOK® Matrix
See Matrix [D01211]

N

  
PMIS
See Project Management Information System

N

  
PMO
See Project Management Office; Project Portfolio Management Office; Program Management Office; Project Office.
Editor's Note: These labels are defined variously according to the industry and the choice of individual organizations. There appears to be no consensus on the label or the description. [D06090]

FGJ
CHMT

  
See Project Management Office

FGJ
CHMT

  
See Portfolio Management Office

F

  
PMP®
See Project Management Professional

N

  
PMS
See Portfolio Management System

F

  
PMT
See Performance Measurement Techniques

JN

  
POC
See Point of Contact

GJ

  
Point of Contact ("POC")
The agreed to communication point between two interfacing organizations. [D04175]

GJ

 CSM
A person, such as a coordinator, who acts as a focal point for an activity. [D03670]

GJ

 DSMC
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