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Term
Definition     Editor's Choice
Cat Source
Product Acceptance Review
A Control Gate to ascertain verification and acceptance. [D04184]

N

 CSM
Product and Market Related Projects
Projects that depend on fixing product targets, creating product portfolios and monitoring market opportunities. See also General Project Alignment, Strategic Projects, Capital Expansion Projects, and Operational Projects. [D04349]

FGJ
MT

 PCD
Product Assurance
The function responsible for achieving the required quality performance. Includes inspectability, testability, process control, and related factors. [D04185]

N

 CSM
Product Breakdown
The project's product or objectives consists of components, at several levels of breakdown, each of which deliver parts of the functionality of the project's deliverables. [D02623]

GJN
CHMT

 023
Product Breakdown Structure ("PBS")
A structure that identifies the Products that are required and that must be produced. It displays the system in the form of a "family tree".
Editor's Note: See also Work Breakdown Structure. [D03893]

FGJN
CHMT

 PNG
A project's product components or elements that make up the overall deliverable assembled into some hierarchical arrangement that facilitates project management tracking and control. [D01289]

N

 RMW
A product orientated hierarchical breakdown of the project into its constituent items without the tasks/work packaging being developed. See also Work Breakdown Structure. [D03740]

N

 CRMP
The structured decomposition of the product into entities of the product. The WBS without the verbs. [D04186]

N

 CSM
A hierarchy of deliverable products which are required to be produced on the project. It forms the base document from which the execution strategy and product-based work breakdown structure may be derived. It provides a guide for configuration control documentation. [D04474]

FGJN
CHMT

 APM
A hierarchy of all the product elements to be produced that together make up the complete scope of work. [D05421]

N

 PRNC2 2002
Product Champion
A high-ranking individual who owns the vision of the product and acts as an advocate between development and the customer. [D04748]

GJ
CHMT

 RUP
Product Checklist
A list of the major products of a plan, plus key dates in their delivery. [D05422]

N

 PRNC2 2002
Product Definition
The form, fit and function of a deliverable or set of deliverables. [D06119]

N

 PMTWG
Product Description
Documentation delineating the product characteristics or service that the project was undertaken to create. [D06120]

GJN
CHMT

 PMTWG
A description of a product's purpose, composition, derivation and quality criteria. It is produced at planning time, as soon as the need for the product is identified. [D05424]

N

 PRNC2 2002
A description of the purpose, form and components of a Product. The Product Description should be used as the basis for acceptance of the product by the customer. [D03894]

N

 PNG
Product Experts
Those who have expertise in a particular line of products. [D03181]

N

 RMW
Product Flow Diagram
A representation of how the products are produced by identifying their derivation and the dependencies between them. [D01290]

N

 WST
Product Improvement Plan
The approach to achieving increased capability over time. [D04187]

N

 CSM
Product Liability
A generic term used to describe the onus on a producer or others to make restitution for loss related to personal injury, property damage or other harm caused by a product or service. [D01291]

N

 ISO 8402
QMPP
Product Life Cycle
The total period of time that a product exists in the marketplace, from concept to termination.
Editor's Note: At which time it may be rejuvenated by an updated version. [D06121]

FGJN
CHMT

 PMTWG
The complete history of a product through its concept, definition, production, operation, and obsolescence or disposal phases.
Editor's Note: The distinction between product life cycle (correctly named) and project life cycle (span) is that the latter does not include the last two phases included in the former. [D03216]

FGJN
CHMT

 PMDT
Product Life Cycle Costing
Costing that takes account of the initial capital cost of construction and the recurring costs of repair and maintenance, together with depreciation.
Editor's Note: The purpose of depreciation is to provide funding for the ultimate replacement of the facility. This should also include the cost of disposal of the original where applicable. [D02630]

FGJN
CHMT

 024
Product Life Span
The term used in PRINCE2, 2005 to define the total life of a product from the time of the initial idea for the product until it is removed from service. It is likely that there will be many projects affecting the product during its life, such as a feasibility study and development, enhancement or correction projects.
Editor's Note: The use of the word "span" in this context is unique to PRINCE2 (2005) [D05816]

GJN
CHMT

 SA-CMM 2005
Product Quality Review
An action by the government to determine that the quality of supplies or services accepted by the government do, in fact, comply with specified requirements. [D01293]

N

 004 4155.11
QMPP
Product Realization Team ("PRT")
A multi-disciplinary team that is responsible for the definition, development, delivery and support of a product through concurrent engineering methods. [D01294]

GJN
MT

 WST
Product Requirements Document ("PRD")
A high level description of the product (system), its intended use, and the set of features it provides. [D04750]

JN
MT

 RUP
Product Scope
The features and functions that characterize a product, service or outcome. Contrast with Project Scope. [D06353]

FGJN
CHMT

 PMK00
Product Status Account
A report on the status of products. The required products can be specified by identifier or the part of the project in which they were developed. [D05817]

JN

 PRNC2 2005
Product Transfer Plan
A description of how the outputs will be delivered to the customer, including any special requirements such as staged transfer or 'roll out', training, and delivery requirements. [D05426]

N

 RMW
Product User
A final recipient primarily interested in the output of the system. [D04188]

J

 CSM
Product-Based Planning
A three step diagrammatic technique leading to a comprehensive plan based on creation and delivery of required outputs. The technique considers prerequisite products, quality requirements and the dependencies between products. [D05427]

JN

 PRNC2 2002
Production
The making of goods available for use. [D03182]

N

 Webster
Production Capacity
The maximum volume of goods or services that can be made by a process, system, organization or unit. [D03183]

J
CHMT

 RMW
Production Cost
The cost incurred in the process of creating goods or services. [D03184]

J
CHMT

 RMW
Production Engineering
The application of manufacturing knowledge to the design and development of the configuration item to facilitate manufacturing. Includes analyses of design producibility and production operations; application of manufacturing methods, tooling and equipment; control of the introduction of engineering changes; and employment of manufacturing cost control techniques. [D04189]

GJ

 CSM
Production Management
The effective use of resources to produce on-schedule the required number of End Items that meet specified quality, performance, and cost. [D03675]

GJ
CHM

 DSMC
Production Model
A production demonstration model, including all hardware, software, and firmware, manufactured from production drawings and made by production tools, fixtures and methods. Generally, the first article of the production unit run initiated after the Production Readiness Review (PRR). A prototype model, also built from production drawings but under engineering supervision, may precede the PRR to provide confidence in authorizing fabrication of the production model. [D04190]

JN
HM

 CSM
Production Permit
Written authorization, prior to production or before provision of a service, to depart from specified requirements for a specified quantity or for a specified time. [D01295]

JN
MT

 ISO 8402
QMPP
Production Phase
In this, the third phase in the generic project life cycle (span) the rate of resource expenditure is greatest. It should proceed as efficiently as possible based on the effective planning conducted in the previous phase. Changes in project definition should normally be minimal. [D03741]

GJ
CH

 CRMP
Production Program
A plan for producing a series of separate goods or services generally in sequence, if there is only one plant or system. Sometimes referred to as production runs. [D03185]

GJ
CHM

 RMW
Productivity
The actual rate of output or production per unit of time worked.
Editor's Note: Since productivity equals units of product divided by effort, productivity is inversely proportional to effort. [D03676]

JN

 DSMC
The measurement of labor efficiency when compared to an established base. It is also used to measure equipment effectiveness, drawing productivity, etc. [D01297]

JN
CHM

 PMK87
The rate of output of a workman, or group of workers, per unit of time, usually compared to an established standard or expected rate of output. [D03639]

CHM

 DSMC
Product-Line Architecture
Defines element types, how they interact, and how the product functionality is mapped to them. It may also go further by defining some of the instances of the architecture elements. This term generally applies to a set of products within an organization or company. [D04749]

T

 RUP
Profession
See Recognized Profession. [D04676]

FG
T

  
Professional
The term referring to members of those professions having a recognized status based upon acquiring professional knowledge through prolonged study. Examples of such professions include accountancy, actuarial computation, architecture, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, the sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, and physics, and teaching). To be a professional, a person must not only be qualified but must also be involved in discharging corresponding professional duties. [D03549]

FG
CHMT

 RMW
One who is engaged in one of the learned professions and/or who makes it a permanent career. Characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession. Exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace. Following a line of conduct as though it were a profession.
Editor's Note: Unfortunately, the term tends to be used to apply to anyone who performs or behaves as might be expected according to common standards. [D03186]

FG

 Webster
Professional Associations
Organizations that are legally constituted to certify professionals and ensure a high standard of competence, usually in the interests of public safety and protection. [D03187]

FG
CHMT

 RMW
Professional Liability
A liability created when an individual who offers services to the general public claims expertise in a particular area greater than the ordinary layman. [D06122]

FGJ
CHMT

 SU
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