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

See Project Manager

See Project Management

See Performance Measurement Baseline

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PMBOK® Matrix
See Matrix [D01211]

See Project Management Information System

See Project Management Office

See Project Management Professional

See Portfolio Management System

See Performance Measurement Techniques

See Point of Contact

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

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

See Project Policies. [D01212]

The definitive position of an organization on a specific issue. A policy provides a basis for consistent and appropriate decision making and defines authority and accountability within the organization. [D01214]

Directives issued by management for guidance and direction where uniformity of action is essential. Directives pertain to the approach, techniques, authorities and responsibilities for carrying out the management function. [D01213]

The principles upon which the governance of an organization is based, or a general statement of the manner in which its business and activities are to be conducted. [D02758]

A guiding principle, typically established by senior management, that is adopted by an organization or project to influence decisions. [D05197]

Policy Manual
A publication or document setting out the policies of the organization. [D03144]

Policy Restraint
Someone in authority dictates the sequence in which all or some part of the work is carried out on the project. [D01215]

Political Risk
A risk resulting from the actions of a government that will decrease the return of a planned foreign investment.
Editor's Note: Such a risk may also stem from politically motivated opposition. [D05038]

Competition for power and leadership between competing interests or groups. May be characterized by artful and sometimes dishonest practices. [D02882]

Pool Resource
A group of resources related by skill, department or function. [D01216]

  1. The set of all possible observations of a phenomenon under analysis, or
  2. A group of individual persons, objects, or item from which samples are taken for statistical analysis.

Capable of being carried or moved about. Also, usable on many computers without modification. [D03145]

A group of projects or other items that are being worked on at the same time or have been completed and are used as an indicator of ability. [D01217]

 OTOB 271-4
Portfolio Management
The management of a number of projects that do not share a common objective. For example, the responsibility of an operations manager of a company managing several different projects for different clients. [D03452]

Portfolio Management System ("PMS")
A system for setting the stage for enterprise wide project management during the initiation phase. The system requires all new projects across the enterprise to be proposed in a consistent fashion, chosen under the same criteria, rank ordered objectively relative to all other projects in the enterprise and stored in a single database. [D04355]

Portfolio of Projects
See Project Portfolio [D05039]

Positive Float
The amount of time available to complete non-critical activities or work items without affecting the total project duration. [D01218]

The amount of time that an activity's start can be delayed without affecting the project completion date. An activity with positive float is not on the critical path and is called a non-critical activity. Most software packages calculate float time during schedule analysis. The difference between early and late dates (start or finish) determines the amount of float. [D01219]

Post Audit
A review of a project after completion to evaluate what went correctly and incorrectly, and whether the predicted benefits were achieved. [D05040]

Post Award Conference
The first meeting after contract award. A meeting chaired by the buyer to orient all personnel (buyer and contractor) to the project requirements. See also Contract Implementation Review and System Requirements Review. [D04176]

Post Contract Evaluations
Objective review and analysis of the performance of both parties' performance, realistic technical problems encountered and the corrective actions taken. [D01220]

Post Implementation Review
A review 6-12 months after a system has become operational to ensure that the project has met its objectives and the system continues to meet user requirements. [D03887]

Post Project Analysis and Report
A formal analysis and documentation of the project's results including cost, schedule and technical performance versus the original plan. [D01222]

Post Project Appraisal
An evaluation that provides feedback for future use and education. [D01223]

This activity completes the Project Management process and provides feedback in order to learn for the future. A job close out/historical report will be generated and a review carried out once the project has been completed and accepted by the customer/owner. [D03888]

Post Project Evaluation
An appraisal of the costs and technical performance of a completed project and the development of new applications in project management methods to overcome problems that occurred during the project life to benefit future projects. [D01224]

Post Project Evaluation Review
An important review of project performance and lessons that can be derived from the project conducted once operations have started. Although often considered only after completion of the project, in practice Project Evaluation can and should be a fully integral part of the project. Similar reviews should therefore also be carried out periodically during the course of the project, with the resultant information/lessons fed back into this and other projects. [D03737]

Post Project Review
A formal review of the project that examines the lessons that may be learned and used for the benefit of future projects. [D03889]

An appraisal of all aspects of a project upon completion, with a view to examining and documenting variations and events, to augment the organization's historical database. [D01225]

See Post-Project Appraisal, Post-Project Evaluation, and Post-Project Review. [D03146]

Ability to act or produce an effect. Capacity for being acted upon or undergoing an effect. Legal or official authority, capacity. Possession of control, authority, or influence over others. [D03147]

See Project Products List

The usual, traditional, or commonly recommended way of doing things. [D03148]

See Product Requirements Document

Pre Award Meetings
Meetings to aid ranking of prospective suppliers before final award determination and to examine their facilities or capabilities. [D01226]

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