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Nouman Abbasi

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Every field of study or profession has a unique lexicon according to its dynamics that make communication easier for its members, and program management is no different.

Below is a list of 30 terms that Program Managers should be familiar with:

Term Description
Activity-On-Arrow (AOA) AOA diagrams use arrows to represent relationships and associations from finish to start. Nodes refer to events and arrows refer to activities in these network diagrams.
Activity-On-Node (AON) AOA diagrams showcase four relationships: start to finish, finish to start, start to start, and finish to finish. Nodes refer to events and arrows refer to activities in these network diagrams.
Adaptive project framework (APF) A framework in which, instead of being stuck to a pre-decided sequence of tasks and objectives, you design on the go.
Baseline The starting parametersschedule, scope, and cost decided at the inception of the project. They are later monitored to evaluate progress.
Business Case A document that is prepared to justify a project’s needs and presents the project’s feasibility in terms of cost, benefits, and risks.
Contingency Plan A plan devised to tackle a known or unknown risk if the base plan fails.
Cost Estimation The process of forecasting financial resources and other resources needed to complete a project within a defined scope.
Dummy Activity Dummy activities are designed by the project manager before starting the project to check how fault-tolerant it is.
Enterprise modeling To understand the structure and details of the project, a model is designed to highlight the project’s processes, infrastructures, asset groups, and other important elements.
Float Assesses how flexible the schedule can be for a particular task.
Fordism The prices of the products are set such that the workers producing them can buy these products with their own wages.
Gantt Chart A Gantt chart is a hybrid bar chart used to schedule a project’s tasks.
Handover and closeout During this phase, final project deliverables are handed over to the sponsor and users. Closeout is the process of finalizing all project matters, carrying out final project reviews, archiving project information, and redeploying the project team.
ISO 10006 A set of guidelines created by the International organization for Standardization for quality management.
Kanban A Japanese term that describes the approach of using visual cuessticky notes, light signals, cards, etc to keep track of a task.
Merge point All the predecessor activities must to culminate at the merge point before the successor activity starts.
Murphy’s Law “What can go wrong will go wrong.”
PERT Chart Program Evaluation Review Technique: the graphical representation of a project’s progress done by breaking down the individual tasks for analysis.
Procurement The process of retrieving resources for the project. It includes developing the procurement strategy, preparation of contracts, selection and acquisition of suppliers, and management of the contracts.
Quality assurance Guidelines and protocols designed to monitor processes and provide confidence and result in deliverables that meet their quality expectations.
Risk Mitigation The idea that to increase the project’s probability of success, you must identify and eliminate risks before they do any damage.
Run book A detailed catalog of information needed to conduct operations and respond to any emergencies that may arise during operations.
Scheduling A method used to set a date/time for all the activities of a project. It also determines the complete duration of a project.
SWOT Analysis A procedure that always occurs before the start of the project to understand the project’s key components under Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
Six Sigma Uses quality-management protocols to eliminate defects and improve the production of the product.
Three-Point Estimation Used by enterprises to measure the accuracy and averages of future events. The three points are best-case, worst-case, and most likely case.
Value tree A hierarchical model of a product or service’s characteristics that determine its value.
Work authorization system A system used to ensure that all the assigned work is on time and in order.
Waterfall Model A model where phases need to be followed sequentially from one phase to the next.

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