Project plans should include activities grouped into deliverables. Learning how to use a work breakdown structure, WBS, a Gantt chart, a network diagram, and the critical path are important techniques for leading cross functional projects. Organizing project work is a key competency for the project leader.
- As you resolve to your course of action,…they're some great tools…that can help you manage your project plan…and these tools are built…right into all of the popular…project management software packages.…In this movie, we'll learn…how to use three of the most common tools:…the work breakdown structure,…the Gantt chart and the network diagram.…First, there's the work breakdown structure.…A work breakdown structure or WBS…provides an easy way to see step by step…all of the work that needs…to be done for a project.…
A WBS is a numbered list…of your activities and deliverables.…You'll usually see it organized…as a vertical list like an outline,…but you might also see it laid out…as a diagram that resembles an organizational chart.…While the WBS shows a logical structure for the work,…it's not very helpful…in showing which activities are occurring…at a particular time.…You can show this with a horizontal time chart…called a Gantt chart.…
The Gantt chart is just a vertical WBS…with a horizontal timeline next to it.…Each activity and deliverable is represented by a bar…
- Defining the vision
- Documenting the project scope
- Investigating potential options
- Conducting a SWOT analysis
- Selecting a course of action
- Resolving issues
- Building trust with transparency
- Managing project plans
- Identifying risks
- Changing processes
- Helping people transition
Skill Level Intermediate
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