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What is WBS

What is the WBS – The WBS or work breakdown structure is a listing of every task we need to complete in the project. After the project manager lists all the tasks, he or she links them with predecessors that control the sequence of the tasks. Then the PM assigns people to each task in […]

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Work Breakdown Structure WBS

WBS: Deliverables or a “To Do” List? The work breakdown structure WBS  provides the foundation on which a project manager works.  The PM uses the WBS to control the project and the team. The WBS also provides the checkpoints against which the PM and the organization measure progress (What is the WBS).  In the project management world, […]

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Create WBS with Team Members

The WBS or work breakdown structure is a listing of every deliverable that the team must produce. Creating WBS with team members  is a great opportunity to improve people’s commitment to the project and give them a sense of ownership. Usually, the project team sees their tasks after the project manager lists everything they have […]

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Project Risk Management

There’s a lot of talk in project management about all-star project managers being great at “putting out fires.” But actually, the all-star project managers are the ones who do risk management and avoid the fire entirely. These PMs don’t need “all-hands” emergency meetings when something unexpected happens. They don’t need to bring all project work […]

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Risk Management For Small Projects

Solving Problems Before They Occur Let’s say your project has just two team members so you will be completing tasks as well as doing project management work. And your boss is the sponsor. That is not a justification for skipping risk management for small projects.  Most projects are the same size as yours and all […]

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Project Management Training

Project management training must prepare you for all of the following challenges. They start when the boss calls you into his office and says something like, “We’ve got a big problem with the supply room. Our people are wasting dozens of hours every day because they can’t find the office supplies they need to do […]

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Status Report Template

Project sponsors expect project managers to know what’s going on in the projects they are managing. While some sponsors expect you to know the project status on a daily basis, most are satisfied with a weekly assessment of what’s happening. In the status report template, we’ll talk about the sponsor’s expectations, the raw materials you’ll […]

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One Project Plan Does Not Fit All Projects

One Project Plan Does Not Fit All Projects There is a great deal of science in project management but there’s also a lot of art. The art comes in deciding which processes, tools and techniques are best for each new project. The easy answer is to impose the same project planning process on every project. […]

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Top Down Project Planning

Creating the project plan is the first step in every project and we do it with Top Down Project Planning.  To be successful as a project manager you always have to have a project plan. It does not have to be a lengthy document; excellent project plans are often one side of one piece of […]

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Project Plan Template

With each new project, you need to decide what project plan template elements to include, which to exclude and how to develop them on this particular project. You can use this project plan template to define the project scope, identify major deliverables, and manage project risks, the constraints and the resources your project requires. This […]

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Is Project Planning a Waste of Time?

In many organizations, managers and even senior management see little (if any) value; project planning is a waste of time. To them, the project plan is needless and wasted paperwork and meetings. As a result, project managers have a difficulty engaging management in the project-planning task. What are the reasons for this attitude and the […]

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Project Management Profession

Let’s talk about the project management profession. What do landing people on the moon and cleaning up your department’s supply closet have in common? They are both projects. Project management about  is producing deliverables like: a new payroll software, a bridge over I-25, a well-organized file room, hiring a new marketing director, producing a new […]

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Work Breakdown – How Many Tasks

Starting work on your project before creating a work breakdown guarantees that you will waste resources, money and have a very small chance for project success. Work breakdown is central to everything a project manager does.  It is also a prime determinant of the project success. We build this listing of tasks by decomposing the project […]

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Work Breakdown Structure Size

People wonder about the best size for the work breakdown structure. The answer depends on the capabilities of the project team and the complexity of the project. The WBS for a very inexperienced project team will lean toward relatively small assignments and, thus, a larger work breakdown structure. The other extreme is a project team […]

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Work Breakdown Structure Review

Over our 25 years of experience helping organizations improve their project performance, has taught us that the WBS or work breakdown structure is the best predictor of the success of a new project. By reviewing the work breakdown structure before a project starts it is relatively easy to determine a five key success factors: Will […]

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Clear Performance Expectations in Work Breakdown Structure

The work breakdown structure is the spine of your project plan and schedule. However, the most important of function of all is to communicate clear performance expectations about the project. For executives, the work breakdown structure communicates exactly what they’re going to get from the project. That is what the business result will be. The WBS […]

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