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APMPFQ_Terminology_3

Section 3: Management structures by which projects operate

TermDefinition
Enterprise project management office An organisation that is responsible for the governance infrastructure of P3 management.
Infrastructure Provides support for projects, programmes and portfolios, and is the focal point for the development and maintenance of P3 management within an organisation.
Sponsorship An important senior management function. The role of sponsor is accountable for ensuring that the work is governed effectively and delivers the objectives that meet identified needs.
Board A body that provides sponsorship to a project, programme or portfolio. It represents financial provider and user interests.
Organisation The management structure applicable to the project, programme or portfolio and the organisational environment in which it operates.
PMO Project, programme or portfolio management office.
Steering group A body that provides sponsorship to a project, programme or portfolio. It represents financial, provider and user interests.
Sponsor The sponsor is accountable for ensuring that the work is governed effectively and delivers the objectives that meet identified needs. Chairs the project, programme or portfolio board.
RACI A mapping technique to identify people or roles whose involvement in an activity is that they are Responsible, Accountable, Consulted or Informed.
Responsible Is charged with doing a task.
Accountable Required or expected to justify actions or decisions
Responsibility assignment matrix (RAM) A diagram or chart showing assigned responsibilities for elements of work. It is created by combining the work breakdown structure with the organisational breakdown structure.
Governance The set of policies, regulations, functions, processes, procedures and responsibilities that define the establishment, management and control of projects, programmes or portfolios.