A glossary of collaborative terms
Speaking the same language is the first step for effective communication. Many of terms used when discussing collaboration have poorly understood definitions. That is why we are providing a short glossary below.
Blueprints are documents that describe how something works and/or how it is supposed to come together.
Authority is the power to determine or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine.
Criteria are the rules or principles against which something is evaluated or tested.
Decision-making process is the cognitive process of reaching a decision.
Functions are groupings of activities or processes to accomplish one or more tasks.
Groups are multiple people that come together to serve a purpose within a larger context. Planosaurus uses this term to mean organizations, committees and teams.
Guiding principles are the beliefs that guide how work is approached.
Management functions are those which ensure other functions are performed efficiently, within the budget, on schedule and with the desired outcomes.
Membership is the state of being a member or a group.
Organizational hierarchy is an organizational structure where every entity in the group, except one, is subordinate to a single other entity.
Planning is the process of imagining an ideal (yet realistic) situation, and then working backwards to lead you there.
Purpose is the reason something exists.
Sanctions are ways groups penalize individuals for undesirable behavior.
Scope is the work that needs to be accomplished to deliver a product, service, or result with the specified features and functions.
Scope creep is when uncontrolled changes or continuous growth occur.
Values are the institutionalized beliefs that define how we should treat each other.