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Glossaries and Dictionaries

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PPM Terminology

Those new to program and project management (PPM) need to understand the meanings of PPM terms and phrases.  Project managers need to ensure that everyone on the team, including contractors, share a common understanding of terms and concepts.  Professionals working on diverse teams, especially those with participants in or from different countries and cultures, may need to take specific actions to clarify words and meanings.  Those conducting PPM research need to carefully define terms to reduce ambiguity and enhance understanding of results.  Everyone working in the PPM field needs to communicate clearly and effectively in order to promote understanding.  This section of the PM World Library provides access to glossaries, dictionaries and other sources where clarification, definitions and knowledge of terminology can be found.


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English Language Dictionaries - a good starting point for more effective communication in English

PPM Glossaries - project management glossaries prepared by professional organizations, governmental bodies, NGOs, universities, industry


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Glossaries for Applications, Skills & Support Functions  - Specialized acronyms and terms used for communications, contracting and procurement, finance and cost control, general management, leadership, quality, scheduling and time management, and other skills and functions used for program/project management.

Glossaries for Other Professions and Industries - glossaries of acronyms, terms and concepts used in Construction, Engineering, Healthcare, IT, Security, Transportation, Utilities and other industries.



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