Important PMP Abbreviations / Acronyms


PMP Abbreviations / Acronyms for the PMP Exam

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Important PMP® Abbreviations / Acronyms

In the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and the PMP® Exam, acronyms are almost used everywhere to allow more effective communication, long terms such as “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” can be much shortened to PMBOK® Guide. Below is a collection of the most commonly used abbreviations as found in the PMBOK® Guide for easy reference:

Abbreviations Terms In Full Form
AC Actual Cost
ADM Arrow Diagramming Method
ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution
AE Apportioned Effort
AOA Activity-on-Arrow
AON Activity-on-Node
BAC Budget at Completion
BCR Benefit Cost Ratio
BOM Bill Of Materials
CA Control Account
CBR Cost Benefit Ratio
CBT Computer-Based Test (for the PMP® Exam)
CCB Change Control Board
CCR Continuing Certification Requirements
CMMI Capability Maturity Model Integrated
COC Cost of Conformance
CONC Cost of Non-Conformance
COQ Cost of Quality
CPAF Cost Plus Award Fee (Contract)
CPF Cost Plus Fee (Contract)
CPFF Cost Plus Fixed Fee (Contract)
CPI Cost Performance Index
CPIF Cost Plus Incentive Fee (Contract)
CPM Critical Path Method
CPPC Cost Plus Percentage of Cost
CR Change Request
CV Cost Variance
CWBS Contract Work Breakdown Structure
DOE Design of Experiments
EAC Estimate at Completion
EEF Enterprise Environmental Factors
EF Early Finish
EMV Expected Monetary Value
EPV Expected Present Value
ES Early Start
ETC Estimate to Complete
EV Earned Value
EVA Earned Value Analysis
EVM Earned Value Management
EVT Earned Value Technique
FF Finish-to-Finish
FFP Firm Fixed Price (Contract)
FMEA Failure Mode and Effect Analysis
FPEPA Fixed Price with Economic Price Adjustment (Contract)
FPIF Fixed Price Incentive Fee (Contract)
FS Finish-to-Start
IFB Invitation for Bid
IRR Internal Rate of Return
ITTO Inputs, Tools, Techniques & Outputs
JIT Just in Time
LF Late Finish
LOE Level of Effort
LS Late Start
NPV Net Present Value
OBS Organizational Breakdown Structure
OPA Organizational Process Assets
OPM3 Organizational Project Management Maturity Model
PBT Paper-Based Test (PMP® Exam)
PDCA Plan Do Check Act
PDM Precedence Diagramming Method
PDU Professional Development Unit
PERT Program Evaluation and Review Technique
PM Project Manager
PMB Performance Measurement Baseline
PMBOK® Guide A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
PMI Project Management Institute
PMIS Project Management Information System
PMO Project Management Office
PMP® Project Management Professional
PS Planned Start Date
PTA Point of Total Assumption
PV Planned Value or Present Value
QA Quality Assurance
QC Quality Control
QFD Quality Function Deployment
RACI Responsible, Accountable, Consult, Inform
RAM Responsibility Assignment Matrix
RBS Resource Breakdown Structure or Risk Breakdown Structure
RFI Request for Information
RFP Request for Proposal
RFQ Request for Quotation
ROI Return on Investment
ROM Rough Order of Magnitude
SF Start-to-Finish
SME Subject Matter Experts
SOW Statement of Work
SPI Schedule Performance Index
SS Start-to-Start
SV Schedule Variance
SWOT Analysis Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats Analysis
T&M Time and Material
TCPI To-Complete Performance Index
TQM Total Quality Management
TS Target Start Date
VAC Variance at Completion
VE Value Engineering
VOC Voice of the Customer
WAS Work Authorization System
WBS Work Breakdown Structure

Agile Project Management Abbreviations

ATDD Acceptance Test-Driven Development
BDD Behavior-driven Development
BRD Business Requirement Documents
DA Disciplined Agile
DoD Definition of Done
DoR Definition of Ready
DSDM Dynamic Systems Development Method
Evo Evolutionary Value Delivery
LeSS Large-Scale Scrum
LSD Lean Software Development
PDCA Plan-Do-Check-Act
RUP Rational Unified Process
SAFe Scaled Agile Framework
SBE Specification by Example
XP eXtreme Programming

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Edward Chung aspires to become a full-stack web developer and project manager. In the quest to become a more competent professional, Edward studied for and passed the PMP Certification, ITIL v3 Foundation Certification, PMI-ACP Certification and Zend PHP Certification. Edward shares his certification experience and resources here in the hope of helping others who are pursuing these certification exams to achieve exam success.

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2 Responses

  1. Isaac Williams says:

    Hi Edward, thank you for compiling this list of abbreviations. Would be great to have this list updated with PMBOK 6th Edition as there are a good number of new abbreviations added.

    Thank you

    Isaac