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Term
Definition     Editor's Choice
Cat Source
Resource Limited Scheduling
See Resource Leveling. [D03242]

N

  
Resource List
A list of resources available for a project, including personnel, equipment and supplies. [D01677]

JN

 MSP98
Resource Loading
The designation of the amount and type of resources to be assigned to a specific activity in a certain time period. [D06211]

JN

 PMTWG
Resource Management
The identification, planning and allocation of means with the appropriate capability. Resources include people, materials and infrastructure such as equipment, facilities, services, information technology, information and documents, knowledge, training and funding required to carry out the necessary project activities. [D06515]

FGJN
CHMT

 IPMA
The planning, allocating and scheduling of resources to tasks, generally including manpower, machine (plant and equipment), money, and materials. Resource Management typically covers Resource Allocation and its impact on schedules and budgets, as well as resource leveling and smoothing. [D03763]

JN

 CRMP
Resource Needs
The resources required to complete a program, project or activity. [D03243]

GJN

 RMW
Resource Offset
In the definition of resource requirements, the number of work periods between the start of the activity and when the resource is first required. [D01678]

JN

 WST
Resource Optimization
A generic term for resource leveling and resource smoothing. [D03934]

JN

 PNG
Resource Period
In the definition of a resource requirement, the number of work periods for which a resource is required. [D01679]

JN

 WST
Resource Plan
Part of the definition statement stating how the program will be resource loaded and what supporting services, infrastructure and third party services are required. [D04503]

GJN
CHM

 APM
Resource Planning
The selection of resources in type and quantity required to complete a project. [D01681]

GJN
CHMT

 RMW
Evaluating what resources are needed to complete a project and determining the quantity needed. [D01680]

JN

 WST
Resource Plots
A display of the required amount of resources plotted on a graph as a function of time. Individual, summary, incremental, and cumulative resource curve levels can be shown. [D01683]

JN

 PMK87
Resource Pool
A collection of human, material &/or equipment resources that are available for use across several projects. [D06212]

FGJN
CHMT

 RMW
A higher level resource in a resource breakdown structure. [D01684]

JN

 WST
A group of people who can generally do the same work, so that they can be chosen randomly for assignment to a project. [D03728]

JN

 PPS&C p341
A set of project resources that is available for assignment to the accomplishment of project tasks. [D05718]

JN

 WSG
Resource Pool Description
Summary information about the collection of human, material & equipment resources that may be used concurrently on several projects. [D06213]

JN

 RMW
Resource Profile
The fluctuating allocation of a resource on a single activity. [D03935]

FGJN
CHMT

 PNG
The multiple specification of a single resource requirement or availability to indicate a variation over a period of time. [D01685]

JN

 WST
Resource Requirement
The requirement for a particular resource by a particular activity. [D01686]

JN

 WST
Resource Scheduling
The process of determining dates on which activities should be performed in order to smooth the demand for resources, or to avoid exceeding stated constraints on these resources (See also Resource Leveling, Time-Limited Resource Scheduling and Resource-Limited Resource Scheduling.) [D01688]

GJN
CHMT

 WST
The process of calculating a set of scheduled dates that takes into account the resource requirements of each activity and the availability of these resources. [D01687]

JN

 WST
Resource Set
A collection of resources that share the same skills or attributes and that may be assigned to the same tasks. [D01689]

JN

 MSP98
Resource Smoothing
The process of rescheduling activities such that the requirement for resources on the project do not exceed resource limits. In smoothing, as opposed to resource leveling, the project completion date may not be delayed. Activities may only be delayed within their float. [D01690]

GJN

 WST
Resource Thresholds
In resource-limited scheduling it is possible to specify that a particular resource may be exceeded, if necessary, by an amount not to exceed the specified threshold for that resource. [D01691]

GJN

 WST
Resource Total
A specified total of resource units required by an activity over a period of time. [D01692]

JN

 WST
Resource Unit
A unit of measurement for a specific resource. [D01693]

JN

 NPMT
Resource-Based Duration
The option to determine activity duration, remaining duration, and percent complete through resource usage. The resource requiring the greatest time to complete the specified amount of work on the activity will determine its duration. You may change the duration mode for an activity at any time. This feature may not be used without values in the Resource Usage fields. [D03608]

JN

 PMST
Resource-Limited Planning
The planning of activities so that predetermined resource availability pools are not exceeded. Activities are started as soon as resources are available (subject to logic constraints ), as required by the activity, [D01694]

JN

 PMK87
Resource-Limited Resource Scheduling
The production of scheduled dates in which the resource constraints are considered as absolute and project completion is delayed as necessary to avoid exceeding resource requirements. [D01695]

FGJN
CHMT

 WST
Resource-Limited Schedule
A project schedule whose start and finish dates reflect expected resource availability. The final project schedule should always be resource-limited. [D01696]

JN

 PMK96
Resources
Human, material & equipment resources available for application to a project. [D06214]

FGJN
CHMT

 RMW
The personnel, equipment, materials, and services needed to complete tasks in a project. [D01697]

JN

 MSP98
Resourcing Plan
Part of the definition statement stating how the program will be resource loaded and what supporting services, infrastructure and third party services are required. [D01698]

FGJN
CHMT

 WST
A component of the program definition statement stating how the program will be resourced, and specifying what supporting services, infrastructure and third party services are required. [D03936]

JN

 PNG
Response Planning
The process of formulating suitable risk management strategies for the project, including the allocation of responsibility to the project's various functional areas. It may involve mitigation, deflection and contingency planning. It should also make some allowance, however tentative, for the completely unforeseen occurrence. [D01699]

GJN
CHMT

 PMK87
Response System
The on-going process put in place during the life of the project to monitor, review, and update project risk and make the necessary adjustments. Examination of the various risks will show that some risks are greater in some stages of the project life span than in others. [D01700]

GJN
CHMT

 PMK87
Response Time
The amount of time required to react, answer and/or solve, settle or fix. [D03244]

JN

 RMW
Responsibility
The duties, assignments, and accountability for results associated with a designated position in the organization. [D01703]

GJN
CHMT

 FWH
Charged personally with the duties, assignments, and accountability for results associated with a designated position in the organization. Responsibility can be delegated but cannot be shared. [D01701]

N

 PMK87
The duties, assignments, and accountability for results associated with a designated position in the organization. The responsibilities of individual persons on specific projects during the implementation phase should be made known through formal, precise statements, in the project brief and in contracts for Consultants and construction contractors. Both sets of statements should be made known to other members of the Organization's staff. [D01702]

N

 CCCP
Responsibility Assignment Matrix ("RAM")
A structure used to relate the WBS to individual resources to ensure that each element of the project's scope of work is assigned to an individual. [D06215]

GJN
CHMT

 PMTWG
The RAM correlates the work required by a Contract Work Breakdown Structure (CWBS) element to the functional organization responsible for accomplishing the assigned tasks. The responsibility assignment matrix is created by intersecting the CWBS with the program Organizational Breakdown Structure (OBS). This intersection identifies the cost account. [D01704]

N

 WST
Responsibility Chart
See Responsibility/Accountability Matrix. [D01705]

JN
CHMT

  
Responsibility Charting
The activity of clearly identifying personnel and staff responsibilities for each task within the project. [D01706]

N

 PMK87
Responsibility Matrix
See also Responsibility Assignment Matrix. [D01707]

GJN
CHMT

  
A matrix that maps WBS tasks to the organization and individuals assigned as responsible and those supporting those responsible. Also called Task Responsibility Matrix. [D04223]

N

 CSM
Responsibility/Accountability Matrix ("RAM")
A structure which relates the project organization structure to the work breakdown structure to help ensure that each element of the project's scope of work is assigned to a responsible individual. [D01708]

JN
CHMT

 PMK96
Responsible Organization
A defined unit within the contractorís organization structure which is assigned responsibility for accomplishing specific tasks, or cost accounts. [D01709]

FGJ

 WST
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