Words used in... Project and Program Management

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The terms "project management" and "program management" are familiar ones in most businesses and industries. 

Yet these terms, and other specialist words in the field, can mean different things to different people. Often, this is because people pick these buzzwords up and start using them, without ever really understanding the ideas behind them. This can lead to a great deal of confusion!

This "Words" page is designed to help you navigate your way through the minefield of project and program management "speak": It provides a quick reference glossary of words commonly used in the field of project and program management, with typical definitions.

If your organization uses a specific project management methodology, always refer to your methodology-specific glossary.

This page covers the following terms:

People and Organization


Monitoring and Reporting



General Terms

Terms are defined below:

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