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Reference base

Reference base

Documentation to which all further changes are related (in configuration management: reference configuration).

Reference configuration

Reference configuration

The formally agreed configuration of a product at a certain time that serves as the basis for further activities. A new reference configuration is created either at the end of a project phase or, in certain circumstances, within a project phase when multiple changes have taken place so that the project management team can keep up to date.

Reference project

Reference project

A project that has been completed or at least planned in detail, which is so similar in type or structure that the current project that it can use it as a source of cost estimates, work, etc.

Relationships

Relationships

According to systems theory: relationship between the individual elements in a system (e.g. in the work breakdown structure or in a goal system). Goals can be related to each other in different ways. They can be mutually supportive, exclusionary or neutral in effect. Mostly, however, they compete with each other and compromises have to be found. (See interface)

Release burndown chart

Release burndown chart

Empirical method for graphical release forecasting.

Release planning

Release planning

Planning of the project close-out or the release of the project deliverable. This is possible as soon as the PBIs in the Product Backlog are consistent and the velocity of the Developers is known.

Report

tldr

A document, containing information about specific objects and timeframes, which is distributed in a specific format to specific recipients. Unlike internal memos, reports are also used to provide project information to super-ordinate business units, customers, banks etc.

Report types

Report types

Generic term for all reporting formats and reporting obligations.

Reporting

Reporting

All rules and tools for the provision and handling of reports. See report and information systems.

Reporting formats

Reporting formats

The form and content of certain document templates.

Reporting obligation

Reporting obligation

The duty of a position holder (generally specified in the job description) to deliver reports with predefined content to specific recipients at specific intervals.

Reserve

Reserve

Time and resources not consumed if the project remains on schedule, but available if problems occur.

Reserve time

Reserve time

The float assigned to an activity to cover disruptions or delays. Reserve times can also be included in network diagrams as slack time.

Resource levelling

Resource levelling

A method used in resource planning in which all activities are postponed or extended to ensure that resource requirements are distributed as evenly as possible over time.

Resource limitation

Resource limitation

A method used in resource planning which postpones or extends all activities to ensure that the existing resources (capacity) limits are not exceeded.

Resource management

Resource management

Identification of the resources required, their assignment to the project as a whole and to individual activities, as well as the effective coordination and control of these resources.

Resource plan

Resource plan

An overview of the available or required resources for the purpose of matching available resources to resource requirements. Coding resources is important.

Resources

Resources

Personnel or materials required for the performance of work packages, for instance.

Result objectives (= system objectives, project deliverable objectives, task objectives)

Result objectives (= system objectives, project deliverable objectives, task objectives)

Project objectives that apply to the project target situation such as performance/ functional (= quality objectives), financial objectives, sociopolitical and ecological objectives. Opposite: procedural or process objectives.

Result/ deliverable

Result/ deliverable

Project target situations differ depending on the project type. A result is work or services performed in a general sense, while deliverable describes the physical result (e.g. a building). In marketing terms both results and deliverables can be products. (See Project objective)

Risk

Risk

A potential event or situation with negative consequences (damage) for the overall project result, for individual planning variables or events that can lead to unexpected or damaging aspects.
Project risk: the risk of the project or its objectives being jeopardised. The risk is expressed in terms of the probability of occurrence (as a percentage) multiplied by the damage caused (impact in euros).

Risk exemption

Risk exemption

The contractual exemption of risks constitutes an agreement between the parties to the contract on risk apportionment (e.g. the apportionment of liability and insurance risks). It is therefore not a matter of ruling out risks, but of transferring risks to the contract partner or insurance company.

Risk management

Risk management

The process of safeguarding the project by documenting and evaluating all potential risks and implementing measures to avert, insure, minimise or transfer these risks. It is one of the project manager's responsibilities to eliminate, avert or minimise project risks. Risk management is based on risk analysis and assessment. Risk managers also promote project opportunities, i.e. opportunities for positive development.

Risk potential (= risk factor, risk value)

Risk potential (= risk factor, risk value)

The assessment of a risk in terms of potential loss (impact) and probability of occurrence.

Risk value

Risk value

Probability of an event occurring [%] times the impact if it occurring [CHF].

Role assignment

Role assignment

The role assignment in the team is determined among each other. It is up to the team to decide who will be called in to help with problems or questions.