In June, 1999 and under the auspices of NASA, a group of thirty three
distinguished project management researchers and experts representing
fourteen countries on five continents met in Norfolk, Virginia.
Their purpose was to seek some world-wide unanimity on the basic
concepts reasonably claimed to form the global body of project management
The deliberations were intensive, and the need for a common understanding of an array of project management
terminology was recognized. After much discussion, the group agreed
that not only was the Wideman Comparative Glossary of Common Project Management
Terms the best source of definitions, but the
conference participants identified several hundred more that should be added. These included
many references to program and programme management.
As a direct result of the conference, the number of entries in
the Glossary was increased from the previous 2200 to over 4500.
However, not all of the requested additions could be sourced reliably.
In those cases, we have proposed definitions based on Webster or other
related program/project texts.
Since that time the Glossary has been further updated several
times and has been adopted by the American Society for the Advancement
of Project Management (asapm). It has become a de facto comprehensive Standard
Glossary Reference available free over the Internet — see PM Glossary link below.