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Work Breakdown Structure - Help on identifiying deliverables, workpackages, etc.,

I'm seeking help for a project I'm involved with. I'm assigned to create a WBS for a project. I'm quite new to PMP and I'd like to ask for help or any advice in creating the WBS of the project we're ...
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How to structure subtasks that are partially complete and to be worked on later for another dependency

I can explain this question better with an analogy. Suppose I am a uni student and I have a maths tutorial. For this tutorial, there is attendance, a tutorial sheet and some other things. For this ...
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What are the quality standards for a WBS/Gantt?

Years ago, Sensei Project Solutions 1 published a list of 15-20 quality standards for a WBS. There were even a set of project highlight filters that allowed you to automatically assess the quality of ...
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Do you update your Work Breakdown Structure document once requirements have been defined?

Once your business requirements and funtional requirements have been finalized - do you return to your WBS to update the document? From what I see in practice is that this artifact is used early in ...
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Backlog - Is this to (i) List outstanding 'user stories' or (ii) List outstanding 'tasks' or (iii) Can one be used for both purposes?

Any good links to example backlogs would be appreciated. I understand from a backlog user stories can be refined, added, removed and so on. I'd imagine tasks or a WBS would be constant or tweaked by ...
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How do you integrate Agile Scrum work within your project WBS

Agile Scrum, for example, is a methodology applied to organize the work under uncertainty, where adaptation is required as the work progresses. There is always an objective behind the effort, be the ...
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How to customize node format in ProjectLibre WBS view

I am teaching a class on project management and would like to guide my students toward experimenting with ProjectLibre. Part of the course requirements is to produce a WBS. When I look at YouTube ...
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Project management: WBS dictionary

Is it necessary to include every task of the WBS in WBS dictionary? like if a sub task has no further explanation do i have to include it in the WBS dictionary?
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Combining WBS structure types; deliverable oriented and task oriented

I'm fairly new to this. I'm trying to build a WBS for communications equipment installation. This requires things like licenses, electrical conduit, parts ordering, and outsourcing to other ...
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What should I learn to become a software project manager? [closed]

I am a newbie mediocre developer/freelancer working with Angular-NodeJS/MongoDB projects. What I want to do is create a team and work on bigger and better projects, but my problem is that I don't ...
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What is ""action-oriented" WBS Item?

Could you please explain what is meant by "action-oriented" details in the following sentence. Please provide an example. If the work breakdown structure designer attempts to capture any action-...
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What to do with work not on the board?

TL;DR: At some point, someone on the team will have work which can justifiably not go on the board. How is this handled in a sprint team when it is a long running thing? Our team's technical leader ...
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WBS and agile approach

I have been reading 3 books about Agile Project Management and in all of them there is no concept about WBS even in the book of the agile practice from agile alliance that comes with the PMBOK 6th ...
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WBS and Project Planning

It can look like repetitive, but I come again with the same question from here about WBS and planning deliverables. I was "advised" in a meeting recently to include a planning deliverable leg. And ...
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WBS Common Work/Deliverable

In work breakdown structure, how do I represent a common work that is being used by multiple higher-level-work/module? For example, in my development, I have multiple modules in my IT system, and two ...
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WBS and Project management [duplicate]

I have 2 doubts about the WBS and project management and the ongoing progress of the project. WBS is decomposition of a project into deliverables. The lowest level or unit of work within a ...
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How to model extended period of 'searching for product' tasks in MS-Project?

We run a sale of second hand goods from clients. We would set a target say 200 items this season and start contacting people we know who have items they want to sell. We would spend about 2 months ...
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Should we break each smallest possible thing as a separate story?

We have a requirement where we need to analyze all the analytics placed on our website. We have total 4 pages on our website where we need to do this. The story is simple: As a developer, I want to ...
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WBS and PERT diagram

I have a WBS (Work Breakdown structure) which has milestones, outlined tasks (speaking in MS Project terms) and work packages. I want to design a PERT (Program Evaluation Review Technique) chart based ...
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How to Add Actual Hours

I'm in a group project at school. We built a MS Project file for our group, and set durations for all tasks. Everything is Auto-Scheduled. We also set up resources for ourselves to work on the tasks. ...
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Accurate estimation using work break down structure (WBS)

I am new to estimation techniques. I am trying to compare different techniques; mainly Use Case Point (UCP), Function Point (FP) and Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). In WBS context can I say: WBS ...
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Project Gantt Chart tasks breakdown question

Currently I am using MS Project to manage projects, I define all milestones and key achieves for a whole projects, but I don't have enough detailed tasks inside. I am wondering, do I need to break ...
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How do I make a Gantt Chart where the project execution phase in the WBS is modified to implement Scrum?

How do I expand the tasks in the project execution phase in order to include enough sub-tasks that show the use of Scrum?
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How long should a work breakdown structure take to create?

I am creating a work breakdown structure for a project I am on, but my supervisor seems to think it is taking too long. He says I should be able to create a usable document in somewhere between 2-8 ...
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How to define work breakdown structure (WBS) with alternative paths?

I'm a beginner with Project Management, but I am trying to apply my knowledge to one endeavour in my job. I have a deliverable that can be satisfied by two solutions: one more desirable and one less ...
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Can I have partial acceptance of Work Breakdown Structure packages?

I've got a project based on a WBS with 4 main phases: Project Initiation Planning Implementation Acceptance I would like to do some kind of partial acceptance during implementation for a few already-...
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AOA Diagram Help!

So I am trying to create an Activity on an Arrow diagram for the below table and I am having trouble grasping the whole concept I am currently in Visio trying to do it myself any input or help would ...
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Planning legacy ERP system replace. WBS? [closed]

Our team is in the process of planning legacy ERP replacing project. Unfortunately it is quite custom, so the decision was taken to develop own one. Legacy system has a lot of inbound integrations (...
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What's the logic behind 8/80 rule

What's the reasoning behind the 8/80h rule? Why a work package must not be less than 8h and not be bigger than 80h of work? This is just a given number easy to remember or there is some more detailed ...
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How do I represent multiple instances of a task-list in a WBS?

I'm trying to establish a work breakdown structure in Microsoft Project for the building out of a new application life cycle infrastructure for a software project. I have to perform a set of x-...
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Comprehensive single requirement docs vs. multiple atomic ones

First of all, let me make it clear that I am a software developer and that I am writing this ISO help with my desire to agile-ize my project management and get a buy-in for changing some general ...
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Dependency graph vs. Work-Breakdown-Structure

Let's assume some software consists of 6 components where A, B, C are server side components and D, E, F are client-side components (different user interfaces). The dependency graph is as follows. ...
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Edit the wbs column in microsoft project / import wbs + indent tasks

I sometimes use Freemind in the early startup process of projects for brainstorming with the project team. With freemind, it is possible to save the mindmap as an ODT file which then creates a WBS for ...
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breaking down WBS in a project plan into activities

I understand that a project plan (schedule) is much more than a WBS task list. It depends on how you organize your project schedule - may be into phases, may be modules. Phases might have overlapping ...
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WBS (work breakdown structure) vs SRS (software requirements specification document)

I am new to project management and need a clarification. I want to create the work break down structure for a software project. The definition is that WBS must contain 100% of the work. How can I ...
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Should requirements collection be included in the Work Breakdown Structure?

Can (or should) the activities relating to collection of requirements for the Requirements Matrix be included in the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?
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In a programming project, how to ensure the project reliability when going up-level on the WBS?

Problem: How to make sure the project keeps reliable knowing that its parts are reliable when tested separately? Background: Our project is currently structured as having each team working in a ...
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Work break down

Would like to discuss my answer to the following question relating to work break down structure: A company runs a mail-order business and has a requirement for a new application on its existing menu-...
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Do you use the WBS or Project Program to structure tasks in MS Project?

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 ...
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Help needed for creating project network diagram from WBS [closed]

New Facility Center: Work Breakdown Structure Here below is the wbs... need to create network table and diagram from it.. Did I required to select major dependencies only for network table and ...
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Should communication be included in a WBS?

I am trying to create my first WBS for the relocation of my company's offices as an IT person. So far, I broke the jobs that have to be done down to parts: 1 Documentation 1.1. Infrastructure 1....
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Consultant to review project work plan [closed]

I am responding to a request for proposal (RFP) that is requiring us to provide a Work Breakdown Structure, a deliverable list with details for each deliverable, and a list of resources by role in ...
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What to do in a WBS when a deliverable is required in two bigger deliverables?

This question is best described through an example. Imagine you're doing a project to promote a product. You have two equally important deliverables: Street Advertisement Social Websites ...
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How granular should an estimate be for building a web page?

Sufficient Granularity? I have a ASP.NET web page to construct. The design of the UI and classes is already complete. I have prepared a task breakdown, including hours needed for each task. Does ...
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How to calculate breakdown (in hours) of each resource used (open project)?

Using Open Project, how can one calculate time spent on a project by resource? Given 5 people, I'd like to know how much time each person is spending on the project. Is it done manually, or can we ...
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Software to help estimate effort and record effort for timeline purposes (one man team)

I am trying to find some software that allows the following workflow: Create a wbs with effort. Plot wbs items onto a Gantt chart to see when items should/could be completed by and build a schedule. ...
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How is a group of deliverables called?

They are not projects, as one project contains more groups of deliverables. Is milestone a correct term? I hope the chart below explains it a little.
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Can I ask the stakeholders to review my project plan?

I met with the project stakeholders. I documented their goals into a standard WBS structure and a project plan. Can I present my project plan to the stakeholders and ask them for input/feedback on ...
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What is the relationship between WBS and Gantt chart? [closed]

It seems all the two do just one thing: breakthrough the works that we must do in our project.
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How can I learn to break down a big software project into more manageable tasks in terms of progress monitoring?

One thing I constantly see project management books talk about is the necessity of a method of tracking progress. One you break down the big picture into many smaller tasks, it becomes easier to see ...
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