Learn what a work breakdown structure is in a project plan.
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- [Voiceover] After you get the go ahead to plan your…project, the first thing you do is identify the work…that has to be done.…A work breakdown structure, or WBS, is what you use…to divvy up project work into bite sized pieces.…So you can plan, track, and manage your project…effectively.…Creating a WBS helps the project in several ways.…First, it's easier to estimate time and cost…for smaller chunks of work.…Second, it's easier to assign work to team members.…
Third, by breaking work into smaller pieces,…you build check points into your project…that allow you to measure progress.…A WBS contains two kinds of tasks.…Summary tasks, and work packages.…Summary tasks are the higher level tasks…that summarize project work in some way.…Summary tasks can describe each portion…of the project.…Including, Updating conference center technology,…Remodeling the conference center, and so on.…
The number of levels of summary tasks…depends on the size of the project.…A few levels is probably enough…for a small project.…With a large, or complex project,…
Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. In this course, she explains the fundamentals of project management, from defining the problem, establishing project goals and objectives, and building a project plan to managing team resources, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. Along the way, she provides tips for reporting on project performance, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance.
- Defining the components of a project
- What it takes to be a project manager
- Using project management software like Microsoft Project
- Managing project scope, budget, and schedule
- Managing project resources, including people
- Managing project risk
- Initiating a project
- Identifying and managing stakeholders
- Identifying requirements and deliverables
- Developing a project plan
- Building a project schedule
- Assigning resources to tasks
- Understanding the critical path
- Running the project
- Managing teams
- Monitoring performance
- Closing a project
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Project Management
2. Exploring Project Management Knowledge Areas
3. First Things First
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4. Developing a Project Plan
5. Building a Project Schedule
6. While You Run the Project
7. Working with Teams
8. Monitoring and Controlling Progress and Performance
9. Closing a Project
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