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PCA - to - Period of Performance

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Definition     Editor's Choice
See Physical Configuration Audit

See Project Data Document

See Project Development Life Cycle

See Precedence Diagram Method

PDM Finish to Finish Relationship
This relationship restricts the finish of the work activity until some specified duration following the finish of another work activity. [D01154]

PDM Finish to Start Relationship
The relationship where the work activity may start just as soon as another work activity is finished. [D01155]

PDM Start to Finish Relationship
The relationship restricts the finish of the work activity until some duration following the start of another work activity. [D01156]

PDM Start to Start Relationship
This relationship restricts the start of the work activity until some specified duration following the start of the preceding work activity. [D01157]

See Program Definition Statement

A register recording a line of ancestors, an ancestral line, lineage. A distinguished ancestry. The origin and history of something. [D03130]

Peer Review
An objective evaluation by peers with relevant knowledge. [D05402]

A review of your work by another with similar knowledge or experience in the same or a closely related field. [D05035]

A review of products or services, following defined procedures, by peers for the purpose of identifying deficiencies and improvements. [D05196]

Peer reviews are specific reviews of a project or any of its products where personnel from within the organization and/or from other organizations carry out an independent assessment of the project. Peer reviews can be done at any point within a project but are often used at stage-end points. [D05403]

 PRNC2 2002
A review of a project or phase of a project by individuals with equivalent knowledge and background who are not currently members of the project team and have not participated in the development of the project. [D06084]

Sums to be forfeited to which the organization has agreed to be subjected in case of non-fulfillment of requirements. Typically, sums forfeited under contract for late delivery or non-performance or both. [D03131]

Penalty Power
The ability (of a project manager) to gain support because project personnel perceive the project manager as capable of directly or indirectly dispensing penalties that they wish to avoid, i.e. the antithesis of reward power. [D02890]

Percent Complete ("PC")
The amount a task is complete as measured by the ratio of work done to total work required. [D05404]

One measure of completion used to determine the remaining duration of a partially completed activity. [D01159]

An estimate, expressed as a percent, of the amount of work which has been completed on an activity or group of activities. [D01160]

A ratio comparison of the completion status to the current projection of total work. [D01158]

Percent Defective
The percent defective of any given quantity of units of product is one hundred times the number of defective units of product contained therein divided by the total number of units of product, i.e.: Percent Defective = Number of Defectives x 100 divided by Number of Units Inspected. [D01161]

 MIL-STD 105
Percentage Complete
A percentage number representing the estimated amount of work in an activity that is finished.
Editor's Note: The implication of this percentage complete (PC) number is that the remaining work or time is represented by 100% less the PC number. In fact Percentage Complete rarely bears a firm relationship to work or time remaining and hence is a very poor measure of progress. [D03882]

Percentage Completion
An assessment of how far along a task has progressed as a percentage of its total duration. As the assessment is very often subjective, it should not be relied upon as a firm basis for quantitative analysis of a project's progress. A better approach is the use of Earned Value Analysis. [D03603]

How fast the product responds to input. [D05405]

The calculation of achievement used to measure and manage project quality. [D01162]

Performance Bond
A type of contract bond that protects against loss due to the inability or refusal of a contractor to perform his contract. Such are normally required on public construction projects. [D05812]

A bond that secures performance and fulfillment of the contractors obligations under the contract. [D03542]

Performance Control
Control of work during contract execution. [D01163]

Performance Evaluation
The formal system by which managers evaluate and rate the quality of subordinates' performance over a given period of time. [D01164]

Performance Factor
A measure of cost performance expressed as a ratio. [D01165]

 CPMUSC p176-8
Performance Goal
A motivational target set by team in terms of cost and time. [D02219]

Performance Management
A disciplined approach to the improvement of performance in organizational activities. [D03132]

Performance Measurement
A method used to relate physical progress achieved to cost status. The method identifies whether cost variances are due to differences in the value of the work being performed, i.e. too expensive or under budget. From this, it is possible to assess whether a project is ahead, on or behind budget and whether the trend is likely to continue. [D03884]

See also Earned Value Analysis. [D03883]

Performance Measurement Baseline
An approved plan against which deviations are compared for management control.
Editor's Note: Such a plan should integrate Scope, Quality, Time and Cost. [D06350]

The time-phased budget plan against which project performance is measured. It is formed by the budgets assigned to scheduled cost accounts and the applicable indirect budgets. For future effort, not planned to the cost account level, the Performance Measurement Baseline also includes budgets assigned to higher-level CWBS elements. The PMB does not include any management or contingency reserves, which are isolated above the PMB. [D01166]

Performance Measurement System
A project planning and status system that periodically measures variances (usually cost and schedule) and requires documented corrective action to eliminate the variances that exceed predetermined thresholds. [D04171]

Performance Measurement Techniques ("PMT")
The methods used to estimate earned value. Different methods are appropriate to different work packages, either due to the nature of the work or to the planned duration of the work package. Another term for Performance Measurement Techniques is Earned Value Methods. [D01167]

Performance Measurement Threshold
The point of unacceptable deviation from the authorized plan, a management by exception concept used in Earned Value. [D06085]

 QWF p141
Performance Objectives
Standards used to measure the accomplishment of predetermined goals. [D06468]

Performance Reporting
The collection of project performance information and its distribution. [D01168]

Performance Reports
See Progress Reports. [D05683]

Performance Specification
Specification of required output or function. [D01169]

Performance Standards
A baseline level of achievement. Commonly defined in the literature as "A standard indicates performance is satisfactory when (etc.)" Meeting a standard performance is the basic requirement for maintaining a position. Extra rewards should be bestowed only when the standard is exceeded. [D01170]

 TML p215
The fourth stage of Team Building where the emphasis is on the work at hand. [D03885]

A team building stage where the emphasis is on the work currently being performed. [D01171]

Performing Organization
The organizational unit responsible for the performance and management of resources to accomplish a task. [D01172]

The completion of a cycle, a series of events, or a single action.
Editor's Note: Also a broad term that may be applied collectively to several parts of the project life cycle. [D03133]

Period of Performance
The time interval of contract performance that includes the effort required to achieve all significant contractual schedule milestones. [D01173]

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