When I first started using Microsoft Project, I took it for granted that I should replicate the WBS in the task list and use that to structure my work packages. After working with Project a little while, I'm wondering if I should structure my work packages into phases instead (the project Program).
Right now, all my leaf tasks are the work packages. All summary tasks are elements from the WBS, arranged in the same hierarchy as the WBS.
Should I have the summary tasks be project phases instead? In this way, the work packages would be listed (more or less) chronologically instead of the deliverable based structure of the WBS.
In this setup I would use the WBS field to map the work package to the WBS maintained elsewhere. When sorting by the WBS field, MS Project shows the hierarchical relationship, so you could still view the WBS hierarchy in Project.
Does anyone have experience using this approach? Is this how MS Project is designed to be used?