Project Competency Building a Work Breakdown Structure Building a WBS for a Project

The backbone of any project is the work breakdown structure (WBS). It describes the steps necessary to carry out the project and their relationship to each other. Not as straightforward as it first appears, there is an art to creating a good WBS that is useful and usable. Chapter 8, "Creating the Work Breakdown Structure," andChapter 9, "Identifying the Tasks and Activities," describe the project management skill of creating a WBS. The material in Chapter 4, "Selecting Software Development Life Cycles," influences these.

Chapters 19-24 describe how to use the WBS as a tool to run the project, anoChapter 25, "Project Tracking and Control," illustrates the use of other helpful measurement tools.

Product and project competencies are necessary, but not sufficient, for project success. The best process analysts, requirements crafters, toolsmiths, designers, coders, and project managers on the planet cannot salvage a project devoid of people competencies. Developers and customers are not abstract problems, but human beings with classical needs. They like to be led, coached, negotiated with, recruited, and selected, with dignity, by project managers who are competent and honest. Ask anyone in our industry if they have ever been in an ineffective meeting, on an unproductive team, the recipient of an insensitive performance review, or had their career aspirations ignored, and you will likely turn up a "yes" for every offense. Project management is not just about developing the product, it is about the journey—products cannot be developed without people. The framers of the 34 competencies believed that all people-related activities are integral tasks, used throughout the software life cycle.

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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