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Definition     Editor's Choice
Alternate meanings include
  1. To bring order, method, or uniformity.
  2. To fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of.
  3. Pertaining to Regulations

Regulatory Personnel
Those individuals working for government regulatory agencies whose task it is to assure compliance with their particular agency's requirements. [D01618]

Reimbursable Expenditure
A seller's expenditure funded by the buyer. [D04213]

Reinforcement Theory
The view that reinforcement must be ongoing, and when performance becomes punishing, effort will stop. Also, fixed-interval, fixed-schedule type reinforcement (e.g. weekly paycheck) is not as effective as variable pay on variable schedules. See also Control Theory, Expectancy Theory, Equity Theory, and Goal Setting Theory. [D02638]

 PMH p316
Acceptance refused. Typically because not wanted, unsatisfactory, or not fulfilling requirements in some way. [D03230]

Rejection Number
The minimum number of defects or defective units in the sample that will cause rejection of the lot represented by the sample. [D01619]

Related Base
A comparable baseline or connected source of reference information. [D03231]

Relational Database Management System. ("RDBMS")
A management system that makes use of a relational type database. [D04873]

A logical connection between two activities. [D01620]

A logical or natural association between two or more things; relevance of one to another; connection. [D01621]

 VPM 19
A semantic connection among model elements. Examples of relationships include associations and generalizations. [D04874]

Relationship Float
Relationship free float is the amount by which the lag on that relationship would have to be increased in order to delay the successor activity. Relationship total float is the amount by which it would have to be increased in order to cause a delay in the completion of the project as a whole (or the violation of a late target). [D01622]

A configuration management action whereby a particular version of hardware, software, or documentation is baselined and made available for general use. [D04214]

A subset of the end-product that is the object of evaluation at a major milestone. A release is a stable, executable version of product, together with any artifacts necessary to use this release, such as release notes or installation instructions. A release can be internal or external. An internal release is used only by the development organization, as part of a milestone, or for a demonstration to users or customers. An external release (or delivery) is delivered to end users. A release is not necessarily a complete product, but can just be one step along the way, with its usefulness measured only from an engineering perspective. Releases act as a forcing function that drives the development team to get closure at regular intervals, avoiding the "90% done, 90% remaining" syndrome. See also prototype, baseline. [D04757]

Release Claims
Certificate to release and hold harmless from future claims by the contractor. [D01623]

Release Manager
A release manager is responsible for ensuring that all software assets are controlled and configurable into internal and external releases as required. [D04758]

The ability of an item to perform a required function under stated conditions for a stated period of time. [D01625]

 ISO 8402
The probability that an item will perform its intended function for a specified interval under stated conditions. [D01624]

A fundamental characteristic of an item or material expressed as the probability that it will perform its intended function for a specified time under stated conditions. [D03684]

Reliability Assurance
All actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that material conforms to established reliability requirements. [D01626]

 04 4155.11
Remaining Available Resource
The difference between the resource availability pool and the level schedule resource requirements. Computed from the resource allocation process, [D01627]

Remaining Duration
The estimate of time remaining to complete an activity. A far more useful measure of progress than percentage complete. [D03932]

The estimated work units needed to complete an activity as of the data date. [D01628]

Time needed to complete the remainder of an activity or project. [D01629]

Remaining Float ("RF")
The difference between the early finish and the late finish date. [D01630]

Measurement of work actually accomplished. Typically required under unit price contracts and repeated at the end of each progress period. [D03232]

Repetitive Work Sequence
A work effort that can be identified and repeated as a recognizable cycle. Valuable in the application of learning curve theory, leading to improved efficiency in each cycle. In project work, few cycles are identical because the project progresses as a whole, but sufficiently close to be of value. [D03233]

Replacement Theory
A statistical methodology for arriving at the optimum life of replaceable elements in a project. It considers replacement cost, maintenance and down time costs, tax implications and scrap value. [D03085]

Replacement Value
The amount equal to the cost of replacing an item with a new one rather than the depreciated value of the existing one. [D03234]

Schedule or resource adjustments to meet contract milestones. Replanning does not imply re-baselining. [D04215]

A change in the original plan for accomplishing authorized contractual requirements. There are two types of replanning effort:
  1. Internal Replanning - A change in the original plan that remains within the scope of the authorized contract, caused by a need to compensate for cost, schedule, or technical problems which have made the original plan unrealistic;
  2. External Replanning - Customer-directed changes to the contract in the form of a change order that calls for a modification in the original plan.

Actions performed for any remaining effort within project scope. Often the cost and/or schedule variances are zeroed out at this time for history items. [D01631]

A written record or summary. A detailed account or statement. A verbal account. [D03235]

An automatically generated description, describing one or several artifacts. A report is not an artifact in itself. A report is in most cases a transitory product of the development process, and a vehicle to communicate certain aspects of the evolving system; it is a snapshot description of artifacts that are not documents themselves. [D04759]

Report Specification File
A set of codified instructions, which defines the layout of a report. [D01632]

Planning activity involved with the development and issuance of (internal) time management analysis reports and (external) progress reports. [D01633]

Reporting by Responsibility
The separation of management action reports by responsibility areas or cost centers so that managers only get information on that element over which they have control. See also Management by Exception. [D03086]

A storage place for object models, interfaces, and implementations. [D04760]

In resource scheduling it is possible to indicate that the specified resource requirement profile may be modified to fit the availability, without changing the total amount required. [D01634]

A comprehensive replanning of the effort remaining in the contract resulting in a revised total allocated budget which may exceed the current contract budget base. Reprogramming is normally another term for "overrun." [D04654]

The estimation in which one is held. Overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general. Recognition by other people of some characteristic or ability. A place in public esteem or regard, e.g. one's "good name". [D03236]

Request for Appropriation ("RFA")
See Capital Appropriation Request. [D01635]

Request for Change ("RFC")
A buyer or seller request to spend contract funds on an engineering change proposal for a change. The request states the technical or contractual issue being addressed, the impact on or benefit to the project, and an assessment of the cost and schedule impact. [D04216]

A proposal by the project manager for a change to the project as a result of a project issue report. [D01636]

Request for Information
A formal inquiry in the market place for information, typically concerning "Expressions of Interest", capacity, capability and availability of contractors to undertake and bid on work described in the solicitation. [D03237]

Request for Proposal
A formal invitation containing a scope of work which seeks a formal response (proposal) describing both methodology and compensation to form the basis of a contract. [D01640]

A document prepared by the customer to solicit proposals from potential providers. The Request For Proposal consists of a Solicitation Letter, Instructions to Bidders, Evaluation Criteria, Statement of Work, and a System Specification. The provider issues an RFP to potential subcontractors. [D01637]

 VPM 291-4
A bid document used to solicit proposals from prospective sellers of products or services. [D01638]

A document issued by one organization to another organization (or to several other organizations) describing work that the issuer wishes to have undertaken by the recipient(s) and inviting the recipient(s) to respond with a proposal. [D01639]

 SPM 304-9
A solicitation for offers under negotiation procedures. [D03559]

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