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Making a WBS – The Top-Down Method

January 29, 2010 by

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A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), which is a deliverable-oriented hierarchy of the work to be done on a project, can be created through several methods. According to the Project Management Institute’s Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures, common methods include: Top-Down, Bottom-Up, WBS Standards, and WBS Templates. The Top-Down method begins with the final product […]

A Coding Scheme for Your WBS

January 28, 2010 by

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Building on the last two days’ postings, we have more today on Work Breakdown Structures (WBS). As a reminder, a WBS is a deliverable-oriented hierarchy of the work to be done on a project. According to the Project Management Institute’s Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures, the WBS should have a coding scheme that makes […]

Avoiding Verbs in the WBS

January 27, 2010 by

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I naturally want to use verbs in my Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), but it’s wrong! A WBS is a deliverable-oriented hierarchy of the work to be done on a project. The Project Management Institute’s Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures states that the WBS elements are to be defined using adjectives and nouns, but not […]

The 100% Rule of the WBS

January 26, 2010 by

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A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is a deliverable-oriented hierarchy of the work to be done on a project. So if your project is to write a paper on puffins, “Puffin Paper” would be the highest level of the hierarchy, and below it could be “Puffin Research,” “Paper Outline,” “Draft Paper,” and “Proofed Paper.”  These activities […]

Splittable and Non-Splittable Activities

January 25, 2010 by

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A project schedule contains sequences of activities. Individual activities may be considered either splittable or non-splittable. A splittable activity may be easily interrupted and resumed later. However, a non-splittable activity needs to be finished once it has begun without any interruptions. For example, a teacher may have a stack of papers to grade. Part of […]

Micro-Scheduling

January 25, 2010 by

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The activities that Project Managers arrange in their project schedules have various durations, of course. If activities have durations of less than a day, the scheduling of them is called micro-scheduling. Some distinct activities may be small and simply take less than a day. If a project is exceptionally short, say several weeks, one may […]

Inverted Matrix

January 22, 2010 by

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Project Managers are usually familiar with the Project Management Institute’s categorization of organizations as outlined in the PMBOK®. There are functional, strong matrix, balanced matrix, weak matrix, projectized, and composite organizations. Another organizational structure term is the Inverted Matrix. This is actually more of a projectized type of organization that has specialists permanently employed to support […]