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Term
Definition     Editor's Choice
Cat Source
Project Life Cycle (Span) Cost
Cumulative cost of a project over its whole life span.
Editor's Note: Presumably "whole life cycle" refers to all of the project's phases from owner's conception to completion and transfer. Or, it may include the products useful life as well. [D04485]

N

 BS
BS
The sum total of all costs associated with the initiation, design, development, execution, and closeout of a project. [D06149]

GJN
CHMT

 PMTWG
Project Life Cycle (Span), Phases and Stages
The division of the time required to accomplish a project into sequential time periods. Phases are typically used to refer to division of the project time into project management intervals, while Stages refer to the progressive technical time intervals required in developing the product's technology. [D01433]

N

 PMGdLns
Project Life Span
The four sequential major time periods through which any project passes, namely:
  1. Concept
  2. Definition
  3. Execution (implementation or development)
  4. Finishing (commissioning or close out).
Each period may be identified as a Phase, or major phase on larger projects, and further broken down into stages that typically reflect the area of project management application and the size and complexity of the specific project.
Editor's Note: Since the elapsed time from Concept to Finishing is a logical and linear time progression, the word "span" is more appropriate than the popular word "cycle". [D01432]

FGJN
CHMT

 RMW
Project Location
The site on which, or at which, the work of the project takes place. [D03195]

J
CHMT

 RMW
Project Log
A project diary. A chronological record of significant occurrences throughout the project. [D04486]

N
CHMT

 APM
BS
Project Logic
The relationships between the various activities in a project. [D01435]

N

 WST
Project Logic Drawing
A representation of the logical relationships of a project. [D01436]

N

 WST
Project Maker
A person charged with total responsibility for creating a viable project, including public relations, political, economical, technical, etc. (Archaic: A person that repeatedly proposes unnecessary or impossible projects.) [D01437]

GJ

 NPMT
Project Management ("PM")
The art and science of managing a project from inception to closure as evidenced by successful product delivery and transfer.
Editor's Note: See also Change. [D01444]

VFGJN
CHMT

 PMIS
An approach used to manage work within constraints of time, cost and performance targets. [D01438]

N

 WST
May be informally defined as "The art of directing and coordinating human and material resources to achieve stated objectives within limits of time, budget, and stakeholders' satisfaction." Or more formally defined as "The application of modern management techniques and systems to the execution of a project from start to finish, to achieve predetermined objectives of scope, quality, time and cost, to the equal satisfaction of those involved. See also management. [D01439]

JN

 CCCP
The combination of systems, techniques, and people required to complete a project within established goals of time, budget, and quality. [D01440]

GJN

 OTOB
The process of directing and coordinating human and material resources throughout the project life span using modern management techniques to achieve established objectives of scope, quality, time, cost and stakeholder satisfaction. [D01441]

GJN

 PMGdLns
The application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities in order to meet or exceed stakeholder needs and expectations. [D01442]

GJN
CHMT

 PMK96
The art of directing and coordinating human and material resources throughout the life of a project by using modern management techniques to achieve predetermined objectives of scope, quality , time, cost, and participant satisfaction, [D01443]

GJN
CH

 PMK87
The planning, scheduling, and controlling of project activities to achieve performance, cost, and time objectives, for a given scope of work, while using resources efficiently and effectively, [D03618]

JN

 018
The discipline of managing projects successfully. Project management can and should be applied throughout the project lifecycle, from the earliest stages of concept definition into operations & maintenance. It comprises the management of all that is involved in achieving the project objectives safely and within agreed time, cost, technical, quality and other performance criteria. Project management provides the "single point of integrative responsibility" needed to ensure that everything on the project is managed effectively to ensure a successful project deliverable. [D03750]

JN
CH

 CRMP
The controlled implementation of defined change. [D04487]

JN

 APM
The planning, monitoring and control of all aspects of a project and the motivation of all those involved in it to achieve the project objectives on time and to specified cost, quality and performance. [D05074]

JN

 057
In project portfolio management, that part of an organization responsible for managing a project from inception to closure as evidenced by successful delivery and transfer of the project's product into the care, custody and control of the Client or Customer. [D06150]

FGJN
MT

 PPM
The administration, supervision or executive function to plan, organize, coordinate, direct and control a proposed or planned undertaking to achieve a particular aim or objective within a specific time frame. There must be some reasonable expectation for success, through the skillful handling or use of limited or constrained resources and the successful organization, administration and controlling of these affairs in a business-like manner. [D06492]

JN

 PDG Email 3/3/09
The application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements. [D06495]

JN

 132
Project Management Body of Knowledge ("PMBoK")
All subject areas covered in sufficient depth to understand and apply sound project management principles and practices necessary for the successful planning and accomplishment of projects. [D01446]

VFGJN
CHMT

 FWH
An inclusive term that describes the sum of knowledge within the profession of project management. As with other professions such as law and medicine, the body of knowledge rests with the practitioners and academics that apply and advance it. [D01445]

J

 WST
All those topics, subject areas and intellectual processes which are involved in the application of sound management principles to the collective execution of any type of effort which qualify as projects. [D01447]

GJ

 PMK87
Project Management Competence
The ability to effectively apply skills and behaviors to improve project performance. [D04600]

GJ

 036
Project Management Elements
An interactive group of 10 management responsibilities applied to all phases of the Project Cycle by all organizations participating in the project to accomplish the project objectives. These ten elements are:
  1. Project Requirements.
  2. Organizational Options.
  3. Project Team.
  4. Project Planning.
  5. Opportunities and Risks.
  6. Project Control.
  7. Project Visibility.
  8. Project Status.
  9. Corrective Action.
  10. Project Leadership.
[D04196]

JN

 CSM
Project Management Information System
The gathering, recording, filtering and dissemination of pertinent information for members of a project team. [D01448]

JN

 PMK87
A system used to chart activities and data and used to track progress and information flow in a project that is most frequently computerized, but not always. [D01449]

N

 OTOB p271-4
Project Management Integration
The harmonizing of the four core project management functions of scope, quality, time and cost, through the four facilitating functions of risk, human resources, contract/procurement and information/communications, for purposes of satisfying the project's stakeholders. Scope and quality reflect the technical requirements of the project. [D01451]

N

 FWH
Project Management Knowledge Area
One of the sub-disciplines or functions of project management such as Project Scope Management, Project Cost management, etc. [D05693]

GJN
CHMT

 RMW
Project Management Manual
A set of instructions for organizing and managing a specific project. [D01453]

N

 NPMT
Project Management Methodology
A pre-defined set of tasks that are designed to provide a guide or a checklist for developing and implementing projects. [D05444]

N
CHMT

 TGPM
Project Management Office ("PMO")
The organizational entity with full time personnel to provide a focal point for the discipline of project management. Also known as project office, project management center of excellence, or directorate of project managers.
Editor's Note: The label "Project Management Office" or "PMO" has become a general label for a project management group with a variety of responsibilities, including project portfolio management, depending on the corporate organization and its intentions. [D05075]

FGJ
CHMT

 058
The group of technical, business and management personnel assigned full time to a program or project in support of the Program/Project Manager. The group may include personnel from participating organizations. [D03653]

GJ
CHMT

 RMW
A centralized organization dedicated to improving the practice and results of project management. [D05824]

GJ

 088
Project Management Plan
A baseline tool used as a reference for managing the project. It is the most important document in the overall planning, monitoring, and implementation of a project and should be "owned" by the project manager and his/her team. The plan should include: The Project Management Plan establishes project management's interpretation of the why, what, how, who, how much, and when of the project. [D03749]

GJN
CHMT

 CRMP
The documented and agreed or approved policies, procedures and guidelines for conducting the management of a project. In large part, these are usually a part of the corporate project management environment. This plan, or reference document, typically encompasses a number of sub-plans, or chapters, covering the nine knowledge areas of project management namely: Scope Management Plan; Quality Management Plan; Schedule Management Plan; Cost Management Plan; Risk Management Plan; Contract/Procurement Management Plan; Human Resources Management Plan; and Communications Management Plan. [D05694]

VFGJN
CHMT

 RMW
Project Management Portal
A web-based tool for sharing information, entering progress, receiving assignments and collaborating through a common interface. [D05695]

FGJ
HMT

 077
Project Management Process
Project cycle, phases, and activities that are managed by the techniques and tools of the ten project management elements to ensure that all project control gates are completed satisfactorily and that project objectives are accomplished. The formality of application is tailored to the type of project and value and risk of the project. [D04197]

GJN
CHMT

 CSM
Project Management Professional ("PMP®")
An individual certified as such by the Project Management Institute.
PMI® requires users of the PMP® symbol to do the following: "Include the registered trademark symbol, "®", immediately next to each use or appearance of the "PMP" ® mark, as well as acknowledge and state in a prominent portion of the publication on which the mark appears, that "PMP" ® is a registered service mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc." [D01454]

N

 PMK96
Project Management Software
A class of computer applications specifically designed to aid with planning and controlling project costs and schedules. [D01455]

JN
T

 PMK96
A computer application designed to help with planning and controlling resources, costs and schedules of a project. [D01456]

N

 WST
Project Management Success
The appreciation of the project management results by the relevant interested parties. [D06494]

GJN
CHMT

 IPMA
Project Management System
A methodical approach to managing a project, typically documented in the Project Management Plan describing standard policies, procedures and guidelines for the project. (See also Governance.) [D05696]

FGJN
CHMT

 RMW
Project Management Team
The entire management structure of project board, project manager, plus any team manager, project assurance and project support roles. [D05445]

FGJ
CHMT

 PRNC2 2002
Members of the project team who are directly involved in its management. [D01457]

GJ
CHMT

 WST
The members of the project team who are directly involved in project management activities. On some smaller projects, the project management team may include virtually all those working on the project.
Editor's Note: Note the distinction from "Project Team". [D01458]

GJ

 PMK96
Project Manager ("PM")
The person responsible for leading, directing and managing the project and project team to deliver the project deliverables to an agreed time, cost and quality/performance. [D05447]

FGJ
CHMT

 065
Person responsible to the client for the project work. [D01459]

J

 NPMT
The individual appointed with responsibility for managing the project. [D01460]

J

 FWH
The person assigned responsibility and accountability for the project and who is given the necessary authority to undertake that responsibility. Typically, the project manager reports to a project Sponsor. [D01461]

GJ

 PMGdLns
The individual responsible for the day-to-day management of the project. [D01462]

J

 WST
The person who heads up the project team and is assigned the authority and responsibility for conducting the project and meeting project objectives through project management. [D01464]

FGJ
CHMT

 CCCP
The person responsible for delivering the project within the agreed schedule, to the correct technical specification, i.e. defined to meet user requirements, and within the approved budget and other specified criteria, e.g. Key Performance Indicators. [D03751]

J
T

 CRMP
A non-technical role to take day-to-day responsibility for management of the project throughout all its phases. [D03921]

J

 PNG
An individual or body with authority, accountability and responsibility for managing a project to achieve specific objectives. [D04488]

J

 APM
BS
A project level position responsible for integrating the efforts of all project contributors on his or her project. [D04606]

GJ

 038
An individual who has been assigned responsibility for accomplishing a specific unit of work. The project manager is typically responsible for the planning, implementing, controlling, and reporting of status on a project.
Editor's Note: In this definition the project manager is responsible for "a unit of work", not necessarily the whole project. This is often the case in the real world of complex projects where "units of work" are assigned to different companies or organizations and consequently there is a proliferation of project managers on the project. [D04652]

GJ
CHM

 QWF
The worker with overall responsibility for the project. The Project Manager needs to ensure tasks are scheduled, allocated and completed in accordance with project schedules, budgets and quality requirements. [D04752]

J

 RUP
The person with authority to manage a project. This includes leading the planning and the development of all project deliverables. The project manager is responsible for managing the budget and work plan and all project management procedures (scope management, issues management, risk management, etc). [D05076]

GJ
CH

 TM
The role with total business responsibility for an entire project; the individual who directs, controls, administers, and regulates a project acquiring software, a hardware/software system, or services. The project manager is the individual ultimately responsible to the end user.
Editor's Note: This definition assumes that the "end users" are also the owners of the product. [D05205]

T

 SA-CMM
The person given the authority and responsibility to manage the project on a day-to-day basis to deliver the required products within the constraints agreed with the project board. [D05446]

J
T

 PRNC2 2002
The person with the authority to manage the day-to-day work of a project. This includes leading the planning and development of all project deliverables and responsibility for managing budget, work plan and all project management procedures and processes. Project managers are stakeholders in the portfolio management process, and may provide assistance though they do not have a formal role. [D06151]

F

 PPM
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