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Term
Definition     Editor's Choice
Cat Source
Secondment Matrix
An organizational structure whereby team members are seconded from their respective departments to the project and are responsible to the project manager. [D04525]

JN
HMT

 APM
Sector
May mean either
  1. A sociological, economic, or political subdivision of society, or
  2. A subdivision of a track on a computer disk.
[D03259]

G
T

 Webster
Sectors
A breakdown structure of enterprises based on technology in the economic system, i.e. the industrial production of goods according to three classifications: consumer, durable and capital goods, extended to include software, infrastructure, etc. [D04331]

VFN

 MEMOPT
Security
May mean any one of the following
  1. Freedom from danger, i.e. safety.
  2. Freedom from fear or anxiety, e.g. from the prospect of being laid off, i.e. job security.
  3. Something given, deposited, or pledged to make certain the fulfillment of an obligation.
  4. An evidence of debt or of ownership (as a stock certificate or bond).
  5. Measures taken to guard against espionage or sabotage, crime, attack, or escape.
  6. An organization or department whose task is security.
[D03260]

FG
CHMT

 Webster
Security Acceptance Letter
A letter prepared by the executive after reviewing security aspects of the completed project. [D03946]

FN

 PNG
Security Plan
A plan to abide by security measures related to the project. [D01834]

J
T

 WST
Segment
A grouping of functionally related elements at a common location. Level 2 in the system hierarchy. [D04232]

FG

 CSM
Selection
The process of singling out from a number or group according to fitness or preference. [D03261]

JN

 Webster
In project portfolio management, the process of deciding on the components to be put forward from evaluation to prioritization based on their evaluation scores. [D06260]

FN

 PPM
Self Directed Work Teams ("SDWT")
Teams whose members are sufficiently motivated and capable, and knowledgeable of their project objectives, that they are able to perform under self-supervision, or with minimal management supervision. [D03262]

JN
T

 RMW
Self-Inspection
A service by a company or organization that is responsible for inspection of its own work.
Editor's Note: Where the results of the inspection are critical to public safety and confidence, self-inspection should be avoided because of the real or perceived conflict of interest and the consequent lack of credibility. [D03266]

JN

 RMW
The individual performing the task also conducts the measurements to ensure conformance to the requirements /specification. [D01835]

N
T

 PMK87
QMPP
Self-Insurance
A company's own insurance fund created to protect the company against claims upon it. [D03263]

N
CH

 PMDT
Seller
The provider of goods or services to an organization. [D05590]

GJ
CHMT

 PMK00
The organization under contract to a buyer. [D04233]

J
CHM

 CSM
Seller's Market
A market that favors the seller. [D03264]

J

 PMDT
Selling
The process of getting someone to buy the product or service being offered by the organization. This can significantly affect the way a project is conceived and managed. [D03764]

GJN
CHMT

 CRMP
The identification of a customer and closing a sale of an existing product. [D04304]

JN

 SU
Semantics
The language used to achieve a desired effect on an audience. [D01836]

N
T

 PMK87
Semi-Time-Scaled Logic Drawing
A drawing in which the positioning of the activities is modified somewhat by some date. Unlike true time-scaled drawings in which all horizontal positions correspond to a point in time, semi-time scaled logic drawings simply group activities whose dates fall within a specific time period. [D01837]

N

 WST
Senior Management
In project portfolio management, see "Executive". May also be referred to as Upper Management, Management Team, or Management and Leadership. [D06261]

FG
HMT

 PPM
Senior Responsible Owner ("SRO")
A term used in many organizations equivalent to the "executive" role in PRINCE2 terms. A term identifying the individual responsible for ensuring that a project or program of change meets its objectives and delivers the projected benefits. The SRO should be the owner of the overall business change that is being supported by the project and should ensure that the change maintains its business focus, that it has clear authority, and that the context, including risks, is actively managed. This individual must be senior in the organization and must take personal responsibility for successful delivery of the project. The SRO should be recognized as the owner throughout the organization. The SRO appoints the project's Executive (or in some cases may elect to be the Executive). [D05495]

FG
HMT

 PRNC2 2009
Senior Supplier
The Project Board role that provides knowledge and experience of the main discipline(s) involved in the production of the project's deliverable(s). Represents the supplier(s) interests within the project and provides supplier resources. [D05496]

FG
HMT

 PRNC2 2002
Senior Technical
The role on the project board that represents the interests of the development and operational organizations. [D03947]

FGJ
HMT

 PNG
Senior User
A member of the project board, accountable for ensuring that user needs are specified correctly and that the solution meets those needs. [D05497]

FGJ
HMT

 PRNC2 2002
The role on the project board representing the interests of users and other functions affected by the project. [D03948]

FG

 PNG
Sensitivity
The possible range or degree of response to an input. [D05498]

J
T

 SU
The capacity of a system to respond to stimulation. Awareness of the needs and emotions of others to avoid hurt. [D03267]

J
H

 RMW
Sensitivity Analysis
A method of testing the degree of sensitivity of a system, whether physical or notional, to incremental changes to its variables. This analysis enables the determination of those variables that are the most significant, and possibly the selection of the best or optimal settings or solution to a problem. [D03268]

JN

 RMW
A technique used to discover how sensitive the results from economic and financial models are to changes in the input values of the variables used to calculate the results. A high degree of sensitivity is a warning to interpret the results of the model with care and circumspection, especially because many of the input variables will themselves have been estimated and therefore be subject to error. Use of econometric models must not obscure awareness of their limitations and possible pitfalls, especially when they are being used for forecasting. [D05120]

N

 RAMP
An assessment of the impact that a change will have on the expected outcome of a process or project. Such change may involve modifying the value of one or more of the variables or assumptions used to predict the outcome. [D06262]

JN

 PMTWG
Sequence
The order in which activities will occur with respect to one another. This establishes the priority and dependencies between activities. Successor and predecessor relationships are developed in a network format. This allows those involved in the project to visualize the work flow. [D01839]

JN
C

 WST
PMST
Service and Support Personnel
Those individuals working in functions such as personnel, accounting, maintenance, and legislative relations that are needed to keep the "primary functions" operating effectively. [D01840]

N

 PMK87
Service Contract
A Contract for a Contractor's time and effort rather than for a specific end product. [D03689]

JN
CH

 RMW
Service Level Agreement
An agreement on the level of service to be provided.
Editor's Note: Not necessarily a project management term, but useful to express limitations on the amount of effort to be provided under a contract that might otherwise be open ended. Examples might be the extent of supervision or testing to be provided. [D06263]

J
CHM

 RMW
Service Liability
See Product Liability [D01292]

N

  
Services
Useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity, typically professional or technical in the project environment. [D02872]

GJ
CHMT

 Webster
Setup
The assembly and arrangement of the tools and apparatus required for the performance of an operation. The preparation necessary for the commencement of a task. To put someone in a compromising position. A software executable program for the installation of a software application on some computer platforms. [D03269]

JN
MT

 RMW
Severance Pay
Payment, in addition to regular salaries and wages, to workers whose employment is being involuntarily terminated.
Editor's Note: Such as might occur as a result of the premature closing of a project. [D06264]

J
CHMT

 PMTWG
Severity
See Risk Severity. [D05838]

GJN
CHMT

  
SF
See Level Finish/Schedule

JN

  
See Scheduled Finish Date

JN
C

  
See Secondary Float

N

  
See Scheduled Finish

JN
C

  
Shall
The use of the word "shall" in contract language means that "you must". [D03569]

FGJN
CHMT

 RMW
Shareholder Manager Style
A management approach in which little or no information input or exchange takes place within the team, but the team has the ultimate authority for the final decision. [D06265]

FGJN

 PMTWG
Shareholders
Those who own or hold shares in a property. [D03270]

GJN

 Webster
Owners of one or more shares of a corporation usually evidenced by the holding of certificates or other formal documents. [D06266]

J

 PMTWG
Shipment
Freight transported or to be transported. [D03570]

J
CHMT

 GAT
Shop Drawings
Drawings submitted by the construction contractor or a subcontractor showing in detail:
  1. The proposed fabrication and assembly of structural elements
  2. The installation (i.e., form, fit, and attachment details) of materials or equipment, or
  3. Both.
[D03571]

J
C

 RMW
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