Building a Project Work Breakdown Structure: Visualizing Objectives, Deliverables, Activities, and Schedules

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CRC Press, Aug 1, 2008 - Business & Economics - 264 pages
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Most people do not truly understand a concept until they can visualize it. This applies to all fields, including Project Management. The best way to effectively manage projects is to help your team visualize the end result as well as the steps needed to achieve that result.

Help Your Team Visualize the Right Path to Success

Building a Project Work Breakdown Structure: Visualizing Objectives, Deliverables, Activities, and Schedules employs a diagram approach to project planning and scheduling. This useful tool empowers business professionals to take control of and successfully communicate their projects, ensuring they are completed on time with their targeted impact.

Industry professional Dennis P. Miller, a consultant to leading Fortune 500 companies, thoroughly explains the keys to an effective Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) through an Eight Step Process. He has refined this process over a period of twenty years, applying it to over 100 projects ranging from software development to social events. The Eight Step Process starts with a concentrated effort to define the project through its deliverables. The middle steps walk the project team through a process of activity definition and sequencing and resource assignment. Finally, the last steps involve estimating the duration and verifying the project timeline.

Not Just What to Do, But How to Do It!

This is a hands-on volume that includes a practice section for each of the eight steps, providing readers with real examples of how the author has successfully applied this process. The result of its application is a visualization of the project’s objectives, deliverables, activities, and schedules. Over 130 illustrations enrich the instructions. Project managers are assured of success by following the simple tools in this unique and comprehensive volume.

 

 

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Preplanning Issues
3
Chapter 2 Sources of Deliverables
7
Chapter 3 Timing of Planning Session
11
Chapter 4 Specific Preparations
15
EXECUTING THE EIGHT STEP PROCESS
21
Find the Projects Deliverables
23
Build and Review the Initial Product Breakdown Structure PBS
31
Building Down the PBS
45
POSTPLANNING ACTIVITES
141
Chapter 13 Second Pass
143
Chapter 14 Manual Scheduling
147
Chapter 15 Scheduled Network
151
Chapter 16 Tracking and Reporting
155
Chapter 17 Resource Allocation
161
SOME BASIC PROJECT MANAGEMENT ISSUES
165
Chapter 18 Lets Practice Case Study Summary
167

Establishing the Activities
53
Building the Physical Logical Diagram The Network
71
Assigning the Resources
99
Estimate the Durations
105
Verify the Project Timeline
115
Chapter 19 Frequently Asked Questions FAQs0
191
The WBS Worth a Second Look
207
Index
223
Back cover
227
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