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Questions tagged [work-breakdown-structure]

For questions about designing or documenting a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

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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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Can more than one person/group have the same WBS work package number on the OBS?

On the RAM/RACI, only one person can be "R" (responsible) but on the OBS, is it possible for 2 groups to have the same WBS package number?
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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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What 'economic drivers' should be part of our “software business case”?

So we need to perform a feasibility study of one of our initiatives and need to present it to the 'higher ups' - It needs to incorporate numbers (estimates) both from the perspective of tangibles and ...
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Is it possible to reduce costs by crashing a project?

I'm working on a study assignment, which involves creating a WBS and GANTT chart for a 6-month project. Then I'm supposed expedite one of the tasks by increasing resources to it, thus decreasing the ...
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Structuring a WBS

Should the structuring of tasks in a WBS be according to vertical "features" of a product or horizontal "aspects" of a product? For example, say I'm developing warehouse software with 3 modules: ...
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What is the right approach to work package size?

In medium size project were you are interfacing with functional Project Managers, and you are the PM for the entire project. How much details do you want in your WBS? Do you break it and keep it ...
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how to apply the fixed and variable costs on the WBS to estimate the profit?

I have been asked to estimate the profit that could be achieved for a portfolio for IT training courses. I have to estimate the income and the fixed and variable costs and hence the profit. I made ...
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Should every WBS item map to a single “charge number”?

Assuming you are running projects where every employee submits their time in a corporate accounting system like SAP or Deltek, should every project always define charge numbers for every WBS item? ...
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Help regarding creating a WBS for an Application

I'm trying to build a work breakdown structure for a project I'm working on and since this is my first time doing something like this I was wondering if I could get some guidance. The application I'm ...
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Using Spreadsheet for Backlog - Dependencies and Priority

I'm currently using a Google Spreadsheet to manage my product backlog. It has a list of stories, each with an identifier, feature it belongs to, story points, and the sprint that it's assigned to. It ...
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Where to get general info on Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?

I work in a software development company. I have this major ticket for which I have to produce a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure). I also have to prepare an estimation for the ticket. The ticket deals ...