Action item

1. In management, an action item is a documented event, task, activity, or action that needs to take place. Action items are discrete units that can be handled by a single person.
2. A short term goal that requires a defined measure of work to complete. Basically a dynamic, proactive version of your to do list.


Backlog generally refers to an accumulation over time of work waiting to be done or orders to be fulfilled.


A point of congestion in a system that occurs when workloads arrive at a given point more quickly than that point can handle them. The inefficiencies brought about by the bottleneck often create a queue and a longer overall cycle time.


Denoting project output or assignments


A contract provision that automatically renews the length of the agreement after a predetermined period, unless notice for termination is given. Evergreens are often used for long term agreements such as memberships or maintenance contracts.

Fire Drill (Rush Project)

Any chaotic, unexpected activity. Has also often lost its pejorative meaning of pointless and unproductive. In this way, fire drill is often used in the same idiomatic way putting out fires or fire fighting is used.


describes the scope or range of operations

Holding Pattern

a state of waiting or suspended activity or progress.


Gathering of interested parties to discuss a plan or strategy before launching a program or project.


Number of minutes, hours, or days that must be allowed for the completion of an operation or process, or must elapse before a desired action takes place. See also manufacturing lead time.

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