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

JN
CH

  
T&E
See Test and Evaluation

JN
CHMT

  
TAB
See Total Allocated Budget

GJN

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

N

 TML p222
TAE
See Total Anticipated Expenditures

GJN

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

N

 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]

JN
C

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

GJ
CHMT

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

N

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

GJN
CHMT

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

JN
CH

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

GJN
CHMT

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

J
CHM

 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]

GJN
CH

 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]

JN
C

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

GJN
CH

 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]

GJN
CH

 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]

N
C

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

N
C

 APM
Target Outcomes
The measurable benefits that are sought from undertaking a project. [D05520]

GJN
CHMT

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

N

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

N

 PMK87
Target Schedule
See Baseline. [D01991]

FJN
CHMT

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

GJN
CH

 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]

N

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

GJN
CH

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

GJN
CH

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

J
T

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

JN
CHMT

 MSP98
A small part of a project. [D01994]

N

 SPM p304-9
A subdivision of an activity. [D01995]

N

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

N

 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]

N

 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]

N

 042
Task Force
A team of experts tasked to investigate a problem and to develop and implement the necessary corrective action. [D04273]

GJN
CHMT

 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]

JN
MT

 SPM p304-9
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]

FGJN
CHMT

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

N

 PMK87
TBA
See To Be Advised

N

  
TBD
See To Be Determined

N

  
TC
See Target Completion Date

GJN
CHMT

  
TCCC
See Transfer of Care, Custody and Control

GJ
CHMT

  
TCP/IP
See Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

N

  
TCPI
See To-Complete Performance Index

N

  
Team
A group of people with a high degree of interdependence working toward the achievement of a goal or the completion of a task. [D05843]

GJN

 098
Two or more people working interdependently toward a common goal and a shared reward. [D02000]

JN

 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]

GJN
CHMT

 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]

N

 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]

GJN
CHMT

 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]

JN

 PMK87
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