140 Most Common Project Management Acronyms

The world of project management is full of abbreviations and acronyms, and it’s important to understand what they mean. We’ve rounded up some of the most common acronyms you might encounter while managing a project—some may have alternative meanings in different contexts, so double check how they’re used if they don’t make sense. 

Project management acronyms

NumberAcronymMeaning
1ACActual Cost
2ACWPActual Cost of Work Performed
3ADActivity Description
4ADMArrow Diagramming Method
5ADRAlternative Dispute Resolution
6AEApportioned Effort
7AOAActivity-On-Arrow
8AONActivity-On-Node
9ARMAAuto-Regressive Moving Average
10BACBudget At Completion
11BARFBought-into, Approved, Realistic, Formal
12BCRBenefit Cost Ratio
13BCWPBudgeted Cost of Work Performed
14BCWSBudgeted Cost of Work Scheduled
15BOMBill of Materials
16CAControl Account
17CBACost Benefit Analysis
18CBRCost Benefit Ratio
19CBTComputer-Based Test
20CCB Change Control Board
21CCSChange Control System
22CHContact Hours
23CISDCritical Incident Stress Debriefing
24CMMCapability Maturity Model
25CMMICapability Maturity Model Integrated
26CMConfiguration Management
27COCCost of Conformance
28CONCCost of Non-Conformance
29COQCost of Quality
30CPAFCost Plus Award Fee
31CPFCost Plus Fee
32CPFFCost Plus Fixed Fee
33CPICost Performance Index
34CPIFCost Plus Incentive Fee
35CPMCritical Path Methodology
36CCPCCost Plus Percentage of Cost
37CRChange Request
38CSIACost/Schedule Impact Analysis
39CVCost Variance
40CWBSContract Work Breakdown Structure
41DDData Date
42DFDData Flow Diagram
43DOEDesign of Experiments
44DU/DURDuration
45EACEstimate at Completion
46EEFEnterprise Environmental Factors
47EFEarly Finish
48EMVExpected Monetary Value
49EMUEnhancement, Maintenance, Upgrade
50EPVExpected Present Value
51ESEarly Start
52ETCEstimate to Complete
53EVEarned Value
54EVAEarned Value Analysis/Economic Value Add
55EVMEarned Value Management
56EVTEarned Value Technique
57FFFinish-to-Finish/Free Float
58FFPFirm Fixed Price
59FMEAFailure Mode and Effect Analysis
60FPIFFixed Price Incentive Fee
61FSFinish-to-Start
62FVFuture Value
63GERTGraphical Evaluation and Review Technique
64HRHuman Resource
65IFBInvitation for Bid
66IOInputs and Outputs
67IMPIntegrated Master Plan
68IMSIntegrated Master Schedule
69IRRInternal Rate of Run
70ISOInternational Organization for Standardization
71ITTOInputs, Tools, Techniques, and Outputs
72JADJoint Application Development/Design
73JITJust In Time
74JICJust In Case
75KAKnowledge Area
76KPIKey Performance Indicator
77LFLate Finish
78LLLessons Learned
79LOELevel of Effort
80LSLate Start
81MSManagement Science
82NLMNonlinear Management
83NPVNet Present Value
84OBSOrganizational Breakdown Structure
85OPAOrganizational Process Assets
86OPM3Organizational Project Management Maturity Model
87PBSProduct Breakdown Structure
88PCPercent Complete
89PCMProject Cost Management
90PDCAPlan Do Check Act
91PDMPrecedence Diagramming Model
92PERTProgram Evolution and Review Technique
93PFPlanned Finish
94PIERPost Implementation Evaluation Report
95PMProject Manager/Project Management
96PMBPerformance Measurement Baseline
97PMBOKProject Management Body of Knowledge
98PMIProject Management Institute
99PMISProject Management Information System
100PMOProject/Program Management Office
101PMPProject Management Professional
102PPMProject Portfolio Management
103PSPlanned Start
104PTAPoint of Total Assumption
105PVPlanned Value/Present Value
106QAQuality Assurance
107QCQuality Control
108QCDQuality, Cost, Delivery
109QFDQuality Function Deployment
110QPQuality Planning
111RACIResponsible, Accountable, Consult, Inform
112RAIDRisks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies
113RAMResponsibility Assignment Matrix
114RBSRisk/Resource Breakdown Structure
115RDRemaining Duration
116RFIRequest for Information
117RFPRequest for Proposal
118RFQRequest for Quotation
119ROIReturn on Investment
120ROMRough Order of Magnitude
121SFStart-to-Finish/Scheduled Finish
122SLAService Level Agreement
123SMESubject Matter Expert
124SOWStatement of Work
125SPISchedule Performance Index
126SSStart-to-Start/Schedule Start
127SVSchedule Variance
128SWOTStrengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats
129TCTarget Completion
130TCPITo-Complete Performance Index
131TFTarget Finish/Total Float
132TQMTotal Quality Management
133TSTarget Start
134TTTools and Techniques
135VACVariance at Completion
136VEValue Engineering
137VOCVoice of the Customer
138WASWork Authorization System
139WBSWork Breakdown Structure
140WPIWork Performance Indicator
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