The Building

1.1 Architectural drawings

1.1.1 Get an architect

1.1.1.1 Build list of candidate architects

1.1.1.2 Develop criteria for selection

1.1.1.3 Screen candidates

1.1.1.4 Interview candidates, conduct reference checks

1.1.1.5 Compile candidate information

1.1.1.6 Distribute candidate information

1.1.1.7 Convene meeting

1.1.1.8 Conduct process of selection

1.1.2 Prepare preliminary blueprint

1.1.3 Check standard blueprint template

1.2 Building supplies

1.3 Ventilation system

1.4 Water system

1.5 Electrical system

Of course, in this case, we have filled out only one summary task to the fourth level; all levels are filled out in a real project. The concept is that all the project tasks at the lowest level of the WBS "roll up" to produce the deliverable.

Work breakdown structure integration issues. The work breakdown structure is the first integration challenge after the alignment of the project with the business strategy is ensured. The tool for integrating a project work breakdown structure is a generic WBS. The generic WBS is a standard business process that defines the company's core project and product development process and project codes. All WBSs are checked against the generic WBS to ensure alignment and workforce competency.

This is the way it works. First the generic WBS is developed by a cross-company team representing all key functions and support systems. A project management office is typically in charge of the effort, but the main thrust is to develop a "standardized" WBS and task list on each product deliverable the company produces. Key coordination steps across the company are built into the generic WBS, thus ensuring all perspectives are reflected.

The following outline is an example of a generic WBS and how it works.

2.0 Technical Building Design and Support Systems 2.1 Architectural drawings

2.1.1 Get an architect

2.1.1.1 Build list of candidate architects

2.1.1.2 Check with building system department for past architect performance records

2.1.1.3 Develop criteria for selection

2.1.1.4 Get customer input on criteria

2.1.1.5 Screen candidates

2.1.1.6 Interview candidates, conduct reference checks

2.1.1.7 Compile candidate information

2.1.1.8 Distribute candidate information

2.1.1.9 Convene meeting 2.1.1.10 Conduct process of selection

2.1.2 Prepare preliminary blueprint

2.1.3 Check standard blueprint template

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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