Project Management for Non-Project Managers - Determining the Work that needs to be done
Webinar ID: 500992
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This webinar will walk the participant through the entire process of decomposing a project’s tasks into workable schedulable elements called work packages.
Decomposing a task is not a trivial or intuitive process. It is something that must be explained and practiced to get it right. When developing a WBS:
Why should you Attend:
- Get your team together to identify the deliverables and sub-deliverables of the project. This would include the project managers and the subject matter experts.
- Gather the necessary documents such as the project charter, project scope statement, and project scope management plan.
- Identify the key deliverables of the project. Key deliverables are essential to the completion of the project and they will be carried out by independent teams.
- With the help of subject matter experts, break the key deliverables into smaller parts - identify the work that is necessary to complete each deliverable.
- Create a WBS dictionary which is a document that includes the definition and the scope of the different elements in your work breakdown structure.
- Once the WBS is complete, it is shared with the team. A creative work breakdown structure can be quickly shared with the rest of the team - once shared, collaboration can be commenced in real-time.
The work breakdown structure is the most important aspect of the project management process. If you get the work breakdown structure wrong, you get the rest of your project planning wrong - wrong enough to jeopardize the success of your project. Building the WBS is also important because:
The Work Breakdown Structure (WBSs) helps organize the activities required to meet the objectives of the project
It breaks projects into work packages that can be organized, assigned, measured, and tracked
It ensures all project tasks are accounted for
The WBS is the basis for assigning resources and determining roles and responsibilities. It is also the basis for communicating detailed information on project status and is the basis for monitoring and control.
Areas Covered in the Session:
Who Will Benefit:
- What is the work breakdown structure and why is it important?
- What is a task, a sub-task, and a work package?
- How is the WBS developed?
- How is the WBS displayed?
- The relationship between the WBS and the network diagram
- Assigning duration estimates to your work packages
- Any member of a cross-functional project team that has the potential opportunity to lead that project
- Marketing Associates
- Product Managers
- Program Managers
- Contract Managers
- Project Managers
- Research & Development Associates, Managers, and Directors
- Design Engineers
- Manufacturing Managers
Charles H. Paul is the President of C. H. Paul Consulting, Inc. - a regulatory, manufacturing, training, and technical documentation consulting firm - celebrating its twentieth year in business in 2017. He has been a regulatory and management consultant and an Instructional Technologist for 30 years and has published numerous white papers on various regulatory and training subjects. The firm works with both domestic and international clients designing solutions for complex training and documentation issues.
He has held senior positions in consulting and in corporate training development prior to forming C. H. Paul Consulting, Inc. He also worked for several years in government contracting managing the development of significant Army-wide training development contracts impacting virtually all of the active Army and changing the training paradigm throughout the military.
He has dedicated his entire professional career explaining the benefits of performance-based training