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Process/Procedure instructions

Process/procedure instructions represent a specific type of task which is necessary to meet defined activities related to quality. Such instructions are implemented according to defined rules (e.g. signature).


Result of a process.

Product creation

Process incorporating all the activities from an initial design to production.

Product lifecycle

Phase of origin and use of a product until its final decommissioning.

Product Maturity Level

Level to what extent a product during design/development complies with the required status in a defined time.


Manufacturing of products in production and/or assembly stages.


Executable part of software.


Unique process, consisting of a set of coordinated and controlled activities with start and finish dates, undertaken to achieve an objective conforming to specific requirements, including the constraints of time, cost and resources.

Project management

Planning, organising, monitoring, controlling and reporting of all aspects of a project and the motivation of all those involved in it to achieve project objectives.

Project management (classic)

In its progress, a project is divided into individual stages so as to allow for timely identification of risks, and structured in larger segments so as to allow for an objective achievement to be monitored in individual milestones. The VDA volume stated below uses a prototype of the three-stage model.

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