Using a Work Breakdown Structure for large and small projects

You develop a WBS for very large projects, very small projects, and everything in between. Building a skyscraper, designing a new airplane, researching and developing a new drug, and revamping your organization's information systems all need a WBS. So, too, do writing a report, scheduling and conducting a meeting, coordinating your organization's annual blood drive, and moving into your new office. The size of the WBS may vary immensely depending on the project, but the hierarchical scheme to...

Developing an Audience List

A project audience list is a living document. Start to develop your list as soon as you begin to think about your project. Write down any names that occur to you when you discuss your project with other people, ask them who they think may be affected or interested. Then select a small group of people and conduct a formal brainstorming session. Continue to add and subtract names until the list is complete. To increase your chances of identifying all appropriate people, develop your audience list...

Standalone specialty software

Stand-alone, specialty software consists of separate packages that perform one or two functions very well. The following types of specialized software can support your project planning and performance Word processing (Microsoft Word is an example) Useful for preparing project plans, maintaining a project log, creating progress reports, and preparing written communications. Business graphics and presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint is an example) Useful for preparing overheads and slide shows for...