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 - Parametic 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

Q - Qualitative Risk Analysis to Quantitative Risk Analysis

Qualitative Risk Analysis

The process of prioritizing risks for subsequent further analysis or action by assessing and combining their probability of occurrence and impact.


(1) The degree to which a set of inherent characteristics fulfills requirements. (2) The totality of features and characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs.

Quality Control (QC)

The process of monitoring specific project results to determine whether they comply with relevant quality standards, and identifying ways to eliminate causes of unsatisfactory performance.

Quality Management Plan

The quality management plan describes how the project management team will implement the performing organization's quality policy. The quality management plan is a component or a subsidiary plan of the Project Management Plan. The quality management plan may be formal or informal, highly detailed, or broadly framed, based on the requirements of the project.

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Quality Planning

The process of identifying which quality standards are relevant to the project and determining how to satisfy them.

Quantitative Risk Analysis

The process of numerically analyzing the effect on overall project objectives of identified risks.

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