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Term
Definition     Editor's Choice
Cat Source
Project Closeout
The full completion of a project signed off by all responsible parties and the finalization of all paperwork. Contractually concluded by a consultant's total performance Certificate. [D01376]

GJN
CHMT

 CCCP
A process that provides for acceptance of the project by the project sponsor, completion of various project records, final revision and issue of documentation to reflect the "as-built" condition and the retention of essential project documentation. See project life cycle (span). [D01378]

GJN
CH

 PMK87
Project Closeout and Startup Costs
The estimated extra costs (both capital and operating) that are incurred during the period from the completion of project implementation to the beginning of normal revenue earnings on operations. [D01377]

JN
CHMT

 PMK87
Project Closure
The formal end of the project that requires project board approval, and that is normally given at the project closure control point. [D03914]

GJN

 PNG
The formal end of a project. It requires the project board's approval. [D01379]

GJ

 WST
Project Closure Notification
Advice from the project board to inform the host location that the project resources can be disbanded and support services, such as space, equipment and access, demobilized. [D05439]

FGJ
HMT

 PRNC2 2002
Project Closure Recommendation
A recommendation prepared by the project manager for the project board to send as a project closure notification when the board is satisfied that the project can be closed. [D05440]

GJN
HMT

 PRNC2 2005
Project Code
A set of symbols assigned to a set of cost classes or sub-divisions of the scope of work in a project. The project Code reflects a systematic (or hierarchic) sub-division of scope i.e. its work breakdown structure. [D01380]

JN
CHMT

 CCCP
Project Communications Management
A subset of project management that includes communications planning, information planning, information distribution, performance reporting and administrative closure in an effort to correctly disseminate project information. [D01381]

JN
CHMT

 WST
Project Communications Plan
A plan which may range from a formal Contact/Responsibility Chart with detailed instructions on a large project, to an informal list of contact names, telephone numbers and schedule of meetings on a small one. [D01382]

JN
CHMT

 PMGdLns
Project Completion
The point at which the results are handed over to the client, and the project group disbanded. [D01383]

FGJN
CHMT

 NPMT
Project Complexity
The extent to which a Project, or one of its components, involves a large number of parts, and/or a large number of people, to be coordinated and/or interfaced. In Project] Management, project complexity is typically a reflection of the number of work packages involved and the number of different people required to carry them out.
Editor's Note: The degree of project complexity may well have a bearing on the most appropriate style of management to be applied in the conduct of the work. [D06687]

FGJN
CHMT

 RMW
Project Concept Documentation
A concise gathering of the latest key project information prepared at the end of the Concept Phase and presented for approval to proceed to the next phase of project Definition. It incorporates the first stage of project Scope Definition. See also Project Vision Statement. [D01385]

GJN
CHMT

 PMGdLns
Project Configuration Control Board
See Project Change Control Board. [D04195]

FGJ
CHM

  
Project Context
The background or environment in which the project is conducted. Also, the background that justifies the project in the first place. [D03192]

FGJ
CHM

 RMW
Project Control
A project management function that involves comparing actual performance with planned performance and taking corrective action (or directing or motivating others to do so) to yield the desired outcome when significant differences exist. See also commitment. [D00365]

JN
CHM

 CCCP
Controlling a project's time, resources, quality, etc. [D01386]

N

 NPMT
Project Control Budget
The approved plan of expenditures for a project at the outset of implementation. [D06486]

GJ
CHMT

 Costin
Project Control Cycle
The sequence of activities which are used to steer the project towards conformance with project requirements see Control. [D01387]

N

 FWH
Project Controller
The member of a project team that keeps daily, weekly or monthly cost records including project budgets and approved changes, contract commitments and purchase orders, labor charges, direct and indirect costs, project inventory and supplies, capital equipment disposition, and any other expenditures. May also include tracking financial forecasts and cash flows. [D05822]

GJ
CHMT

 RMW
Project Coordination
Communication linking various areas of a project to ensure the transfer of information or hardware at interface points at the appropriate times and identification of any further necessary resources. [D04482]

JN
CHMT

 APM
BS
Project Coordination Procedure
Defines the parties relevant to the project and the approved means of communicating between them. [D04483]

JN
CHMT

 APM
Project Cost
The actual costs of the entire project, including:
  1. The cost of all work in the planning phases of the project
  2. The cost of all work in the implementation phases of the project
  3. Owners management and overhead costs during the implementation phase (e.g. Consultant Services, Corporate Overheads, Reserve for scope Changes, Land, Financing, etc.)
[D01390]

FGJN
CHMT

 PMK87
Any of the cost types (appropriation, commitment, expenditure or Estimate to Complete) associated with the total scope of work in a project, i.e. the sum of all cost classes forming the project. The project Cost should comprise all of:
  1. The cost of all work in the planning phases of the project
  2. The cost of all work in the implementation phases of the project
  3. Owners management and overhead costs during the implementation phase (e.g. Consultant Services, Corporate Overheads, Reserve for scope Changes, Land, Financing, etc.)
See also construction cost. [D01388]

GJ
C

 CCCP
The costs required for project implementation. [D01389]

J
HMT

 NPMT
Project Cost Accounting System
A cost accounting system that accumulates actual costs for projects in such a way that total costs for all work in an organization can be allocated to the appropriate projects, normally providing monthly cost summaries; also used in cost planning to summarize the detailed task cost estimates. [D01391]

FGJN
CHMT

 SPM p304-9
Project Cost Changes
The changes to a project and the initiating of the preparation of detail estimates to determine the impact on project costs and schedule. These changes must then be communicated clearly (both written and verbally) to all participants that approval/rejection of the project changes have been obtained (especially those which change the original project intent). [D01392]

FGJN
CHMT

 PMK87
Project Cost Management
The process of placing responsibility on the designers and implementers to perform within their previously established budgets. Project costs are then collected and reported in a way that Actuals to Budget can be compared, and sound management and technical decisions can be made on the Project. Two simple but essential principles of the process must be clearly understood:
  1. There must be a basis for comparison, and
  2. Only future costs can be controlled.
[D01394]

FGJN
CHMT

 PMGdLns
A subset of project management that includes resource planning, cost estimating, cost control and cost budgeting in an effort to complete the project within its approved budget. [D01393]

FGJN
CHMT

 WST
Project Cost Systems
The establishment of a project cost accounting system of ledgers, asset records, liabilities, write-offs, taxes, depreciation expense, raw materials, pre-paid expenses, salaries, etc. [D01395]

FG

 PMK87
Project Cost Target
The sum of the individual project task cost targets plus any non-task cost targets. [D03784]

JN
CHMT

 SU
Project Culture
The general attitude towards projects within the business. Most projects do not operate in isolation. They have to operate within a business environment that should be complementary to the requirements of good project management. [D03915]

FGJ

 PNG
Project Data Document ("PDD")
A summary of the project plan for the business office. [D01397]

GJN

 WST
Project Data Gaps
Identification of data gaps in available information in reference to a particular procurement. [D01398]

GJN
T

 PMK87
Project Data Review
Review of qualification data to determine its adequacy. [D01399]

N
T

 PMK87
Project Data Verification
Verification of qualification data to check its accuracy. [D01400]

N
T

 PMK87
Project Definition
The clarification of a project in terms of its need, objectives, and the scope of its deliverables. The definition may or may not include the project's timing, cost, benefits expected and similar related information. [D06330]

GJN
CHMT

 RMW
The definition of a project in terms of objectives, organization, required resource inputs, etc. [D01401]

N

 NPMT
The process of exploring more thoroughly all aspects of the proposed project and to explore the relations between required performance, development time and cost. [D03679]

JN
CHMT

 DSMC
A report that defines a project i.e. why it is required, what will be done, how when and where it will be delivered, the organization and resources required, the standards and procedures to be followed. [D04484]

GJ
CHMT

 APM
Project Definition Phase
The second major phase of project delivery, involving the complete feasibility assessment of a business opportunity or problem and its designation as a project ready for approval to implement. See also Development Phase.
Editor's Note: The result of this phase may also be a rejection of the project! [D06487]

JN
CHMT

 Costin
Project Developer
The person assigned responsibility and accountability for the project during the Concept Phase and is given the necessary authority to undertake that responsibility. The Project Developer reports to the Project Sponsor.
Editor's Note: This work is often undertaken by a Business Analyst. [D01402]

GJ
T

 PMGdLns
Project Development Life Span ("PDLS")
The defined sequence of events that constitute a project. This may vary based on the size of the project but is always based on the same sequential principles. [D04365]

JN

 031
Project Direct Cost Contingency
The sum of the contingencies estimated for individual tasks. These contingencies represent the project manager's views of the uncertainty of the costs of the tasks resulting from anticipated issues which cannot be reasonably estimated.
Editor's Note: Without the application of probability, there is a danger that this type of contingency aggregation will lead to an excessive contingency value. [D03785]

JN
CHMT

 SU
Project Director
One of the following:
  1. The manager of a very large project that demands senior level responsibility.
  2. The person at the board level in an organization who has the overall responsibility for managing projects.
  3. The owner's representative who provides overall direction to the project manager.

    1. Editor's Note: In North America, the senior person responsible for the collective management of projects is typically at the vice president level. [D01403]

CH

 RMW
Project Directory
A file containing a record for each project maintained by the system. [D01404]

GJN
CHMT

 WST
Project Discovery Phase
The first major phase of project delivery, involving the investigation of a business opportunity or problem and its designation as a project needing further development. The result of this phase may also be a rejection of the opportunity.
Editor's Note: Also called Project Identification Phase or Concept Phase. [D06488]

GJ
CHMT

 Costin
Project Documentation
Description of the results of the project.
Editor's Note: This is a very limiting definition. [D01405]

JN
CHMT

 NPMT
Project Duration
The elapsed time from project start date through to project finish date. [D01406]

JN

 PMK87
Project Engineer
A title that usually indicates that a person who is responsible for a significant technical role on the project has also been given the "part time" role of project manager. [D03918]

J
CHM

 PNG
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