Project Management Dictionary of Terms

This glossary covers all common project management terminology.
A - Acceptance Criteria to Authority | B - Backward Pass to Business Process Manager (BPM) | C - Change to Customer | D - Decision Tree Analysis to Duration | E - Early Finish Date to Event | F - Failure Mode and Effect Analysis to Functional organization | G - Gantt Chart to guidelines | H - Hammock task to Hyperlink | I - i-j notation to ITIL | J - Job Description to Just-In-Time | K - Kaizen to Knowledge | L - Labor, Equipment, Material to Logical Relationship | M - Manage Project Team to Monte Carlo Analysis | N - Near-Critical Activity to Node | O - Operations to Output | P - parametric to Projectized Organization | Q - Qualitative Risk Analysis to Quantitative Risk Analysis | R - Records Management to Root Cause Analysis | S - Saved Search to System | T - Target Completion Date to Triple Constraint | U - Uncontrollable Risks to User Group | V - Validation to Voice of the Customer | W to Z - War Room to Zero Float

H - Hammock task to Hyperlink

Hammock Task

Highlevel forecasting

A way of quickly estimating current and future project status. Highlevel forecasting techniques include "S" curve modelling, moving averages, and exponential smoothing.

Highlight report

A report created by a Project Manager which shows progress to date and highlights any current or forecasted issues. Highlight reports often use a traffic light indicators to show project status at a glance. Highlight reports are prepared for senior staff overseeing the project, typically the Project Board.

Historical Information

Documents and data on prior projects, including project files, records, correspondence, closed contracts, and closed projects.

Hygiene factors

A theory that in the workplace there are certain factors that if absent or removed will cause disatisfaction, for example refreshment facilities at work or levels of pay. However the presence of these factors won't in themselves increase satisfaction. For example, free vending machines won't lead to a satisfied workforce, but removing them will cause disatisfaction.


A word or phrase within a document that when selected by the user by clicking on it presents additional information to the user from a predefined location. For example a link to a webpage or website or a link to document stored in a centra repository.

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