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Acceptance criteria

A set of conditions that is required to be met before deliverables are accepted


Accepted Deliverables

Products, results, or capabilities produced by a project and validated by the project customer or sponsors as meeting their specified acceptance criteria.



Within the quality management system, accuracy is an assessment of correctness.


Acquire Project Team

The process of confirming human resource availability and obtaining the team necessary to compete project activities.



Obtaining human and material resources necessary to perform project activities. Acquisition implies a cost of resources, and is not necessarily financial.



A distinct, scheduled portion of work performed during the course of a project.


Activity Attributes

Multiple attributes associated with each schedule activity that can be included within the activity list. Activity attributes include activity codes, predecessor activities, successor activities, logical relationships, leads and lags, resource requirements, imposed dates, constraints, and assumptions.


Activity Code

One or more numerical or text values that identify characteristics of the work or in some way categorize the schedule activity that allows filtering and ordering of activities within reports.


Activity Cost Estimates

The projected cost of the schedule activity that includes the cost for all resources required to perform and complete the activity, including all cost types and cost components.


Activity Duration

The time in calendar units between the start & finish of a scheduled activity. See also duration.


Activity Duration Estimate

A quantitative assessment of the likely amount or outcome for the duration of an activity.


Activity Identifier

A short, unique numeric or text identification assigned to each schedule activity to differentiate that project activity from other activities. Typically unique within any one project schedule network diagram.


Activity List

A documented tabulation of schedule activities that shows the activity description, activity identifier, and a sufficiently detailed scope of work description so project team members understand what work is to be performed.


Activity Network Diagrams

See project schedule network diagram


Activity-on-Node (AON)

See precedence diagramming method (PDM)


Activity Resource Requirements

The types and quantities of resources required for each activity in a work package.


Actual Cost (AC)

The realized cost incurred for the work performed on a activity during a specific time period.


Actual Duration

The time in calendar units between the actual start date of the scheduled activity
and either
the data date of the project schedule if the schedule activity is in progress
the actual finish date if the schedule activity is complete.


Adaptive Life Cycle

A project life cycle, also known as change-driven or agile methods, that is intended to facilitate change and require a high degree of ongoing stakeholder involvement. Adaptive life cycles are also iterative and incremental, but differ in that iterations are very rapid (usually 2-4 weeks in length) and are fixed in time and resources.


Additional Quality Planning Tools

A set of tools used to define the quality requirements and plan effective quality management activities. They include but are not limited to: brainstorming, force field analysis, nominal group techniques and quality management and control tools.


Adjusting Leads and Lags

A technique used to find ways to bring project activities that are behind into alignment with plan during project execution.



The process of calling public attention to a project or effort.


Affinity Diagram

A group creativity technique that allows large numbers of ideas to be classified into groups for review and analysis.



Any document or communication that defines the initial intentions of a project. This can take the form of a contract, memorandum of understanding (MOU), letters of agreement, verbal agreements, email, etc.


Alternative Analysis

A technique used to evaluate identified options in order to select which options or approaches to use to execute and perform the work of the project.