In Chapters 7, 8, and 9, we' l l take up the topic of the actual project plan. For now, suffice to say that the project plan will include the following components: Summary of work or statement of work Known by either name, the statement of work (SOW) is essentially the vendor saying, "Here is what we ' re going to do" in very explicit detail. You won' t include these if you' re not using vendors. A vendor provides the SOW. Resource list This is a list of materials, funds, and personnel that you' re going to utilize, including the names of the team members.
Work breakdown structure (WBS) The WBS displays and defines the product to be developed or produced by hardware, software, support, and/or service element. It also relates the work scope components to each other and to the deliverables. The framework of the WBS defines all contractual work that needs to be authorized and accomplished. Schedule and milestones A milestone is passed when the completion of a significant project component takes place. Your project plan includes the complete project schedule and designate the milestones.
Time estimates In the project plan, you include estimates of how long it will take to accomplish various portions of the project. (We ' l l talk about estimating in Chapter 9, Managing Budgets, Schedules, Estimates, and Communications.") Budget In this project plan section, you describe the budget and detail its especially pertinent components (which money comes from federal grants, for example).
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