Project team will frequently move forward with the creation of a project schedule and budget only to find, during project execution, that the schedule cannot be met because key project components are missing from their plan. This is because the project schedule is a tool used to manage the activities on a project and activities are only needed to produce project and product deliverables that are in scope for the project. A schedule cannot be substantiated and scope cannot be effectively controlled until all of the deliverables for a project have been defined.
The project’s Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is an integral project output used to describe the scope of the project in terms of deliverables to be produced. The WBS is not the project schedule, it is the core input needed to create an accurate project schedule. Once the WBS is created, the team has the information needed to control the scope of their project and establish a supportable project schedule.
During this 3 part webinar series, students will learn how to build a WBS and fully clarify the scope of their project prior to developing a project schedule or writing any requirements.
The learning objectives of the WBS Series webinars are:
- Learn what the differences and relationships are between a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and a Project Schedule
- Learn how to build a deliverables based WBS that represents the full scope of the project work
- Learn how the Project Charter and the Project Scope Statement documents provide the starting point for creating the WBS and establishing an initial project schedule
- Learn how to apply a WBS to multiple types of project outcomes: product, service, and process outcomes
- Learn how to transition from the project’s WBS to the Project Schedule
All webinars in this series align to the PMI Talent Triangle – Technical