Project management, in some books and associations, has taken on many strange words (technical jargon) and has left the field of normal words and normal understanding.
This can cause serious misunderstandings in important projects when those reading or listening to such technical jargon/gobbledygook (Fachchiesisch) words do not know the definitions of these specialized words.
The following list of a few specialized words (technical project management jargon) and what they mean expressed in normal words, is a small attempt to help clear up some possible confusions in this area.
Scope = the extent or range or boundaries of the products and services that we plan to produce and deliver in our project. It is the WHAT of the project.
Stakeholders = the persons who have an interest in our project, whether they support or are against out project. The primary stakeholder, the person who initiated the project, is usually called the Sponsor.
Sponsor = The primary stakeholder, the person who initiated the project, is usually called the Sponsor. This persons is, or should have, in the end, the final responsibility for the project and the project results.
So, whenever possible, let's use normal words, not just project management technical jargon when working with executives, managers and other non-project people.
If there are other specialized project management words that you do not understand or know the meaning, please contact me at info (at) bruceturner.ch and I will try to be of help.