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Term
Definition     Editor's Choice
 
Source
T&M
See Time and Material Contract

  
T&E
See Test and Evaluation

  
TAB
See Total Allocated Budget

  
Tactics
A mini-plan or method micro focused on action steps. [D01982]

 TML 222
TAE
See Total Anticipated Expenditures

  
Tailor
To modify a process, standard, or procedure to better match process or product requirements. [D05216]

 SA-CMM
Takeoff
A term used for identifying and recording from drawings the material and quantities required for estimating the time and cost for the completion of an activity. [D01983]

 PMK87
Talent
A person's natural aptitude, mental or physical, e.g. creative, artistic, analytical, etc. [D03323]

 RMW
Target
A goal to be achieved, a mark to shoot at. [D03324]

 Webster
Target Completion Date ("TC")
An imposed date which constrains or otherwise modifies the network analysis. [D01985]

 PMK96
A date which contractors strive toward for completion of the activity. [D01984]

 WST
Target Cost
A goal set for the final total cost which the project team should aim to keep within. [D03325]

 RMW
See Contract Target Cost and/or Contract Budget Base. [D04663]

 QWF
Target Date
Date imposed on an activity or project by the user. There are two types: target start dates, and target finish dates. [D01986]

 WST
The date an activity is desired to be started or completed; accepted as the date generated by the initial CPM schedule operation and resource allocation process. [D01987]

 PMK87
Target Finish Date
The date planned to finish work on an activity. [D04540]

 APM
The user's imposed finish date for an activity or a project as a whole. A target finish date is used if there are pre-defined commitment dates. Most PM software will not schedule a late finish date later than the target finish date. Your favorite PM software may alert you to negative float which occurs when a late finish date is later than a target finish date. This is caused by the duration of predecessors which makes it impossible to meet the target finish date. The negative float can be eliminated by reducing the duration of predecessors, increasing parallelism, or extending the target finish date. [D01988]

 WST
PMST
Target Finish, activity
The user's imposed finish date for an activity. A Target Finish date is used if there are pre-defined commitment dates. [D04539]

 APM
Target Finish, project
A date imposed on a project as a whole, usually by the user. [D04541]

 APM
Target Plan
The plan prioritized by critical total float taken from the current schedule. [D01989]

 PMK87
Target Reporting
A method of reporting the current schedule against some established baseline schedule and the computation of variances between them. [D01990]

 PMK87
Target Schedule
See Baseline. [D01991]

  
Target Start Date
The date planned to start work on an activity. [D04544]

 APM
An imposed starting date on an activity. Most PM software will not schedule an early start date earlier than the target start date. [D01992]

 WST
PMST
Target Start, activity
An imposed starting date on an activity. [D04542]

 APM
Target Start, project
An imposed starting date on a project. [D04543]

 RMW
Target, for test
A build that is an object for testing. See build. [D04778]

 RUP
Task
A cohesive, individual unit of work that is part of the total work needed to accomplish a project. [D01993]

 MSP98
A small part of a project. [D01994]

 SPM 304-9
A subdivision of an activity. [D01995]

 PMK96
Also called an activity. Tasks take place over a period of time and generally consumes resources. [D01996]

 WST
The term usually used to refer to a piece of work contained within a work package. While it is an identifiable piece of work, its extent is less than that which qualifies it as a work package. See also activity. [D01997]

 CCCP
An activity that has a beginning and an ending. Projects are made up of tasks.
Editor's Note: In this definition, a task is a specific form of activity. [D05130]

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Task Force
A team of experts tasked to investigate a problem and to develop and implement the necessary corrective action. [D04273]

 CSM
An ad hoc group designated to cope with a project, similar to a project organization although frequently staffed with personnel on part-time assignment, usually adopted by a functional organization having only one project or at most a few projects at any given time.. [D01998]

 SPM 304-9
Task Manager
A member of the functional organization who has accepted responsibility for accomplishing project tasks for a project manager. Thus, the task manager has functional (competence and performance) responsibilities to his/her normal line manager and project (task) responsibilities to the project manager. [D03791]

 SU
Task Type
Characterization of task S by resource requirement, responsibility, discipline, jurisdiction, function, etc. [D01999]

 PMK87
TBA
See To Be Advised

  
TBD
See To Be Determined

  
TC
See Target Completion Date

  
TCCC
See Transfer of Care, Custody and Control

  
TCP/IP
See Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

  
TCPI
See To Complete Performance Index

  
Team
Two or more people working interdependently toward a common goal and a shared reward. [D02000]

 WST
Team Building
The process of influencing a group of diverse individuals, each with their own goals, needs, and perspectives, to work together effectively for the good of the project such that their team will accomplish more than the sum of their individual efforts could otherwise achieve. [D02002]

 PMK87
The ability to gather the right people to join a project team and get them working together for the benefit of a project. [D02001]

 WST
A vital soft skill for project managers who need to understand team dynamics and the individual characteristics that make up a high performance team. According to Tuckman and Jensen the stages are forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. [D03960]

 PNG
Team Decision Making
The process by which the project manager and his team determine feasible alternatives in the face of a technical, psychological, or political problem, and make a conscious selection of a course of action from among these available alternatives. [D02003]

 PMK87
Team Development
Developing skills, as a group and individually, that enhance project performance. [D02004]

 WST
See also Team Building. [D03961]

  
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