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Work Breakdown Structures: The Foundation for Project
Description: The book the reader through the Project Management Institute's Work Breakdown Structure
(WBS) Practice Standard and explains and illustrates using examples, how to successfully
implement the WBS process. The authors are uniquely qualified because they wrote the PMI WBS
Practice Standard - they are also well recognized as experts in the development and use of a WBS
across a number of industries. The book presents a "user's guide approach" by walking through
the entire WBS process from start to finish. To do this a single project was used to convey the
information to the broadest group of individuals - a home remodeling project. Using this project as
a backdrop and supporting it with numerous illustrations the reader will gain a thorough
understanding of a WBS and its importance to the successful completion of any project. Co-
branded with the Project Management Institute this guide will become one of the most important
resources on a project manager's bookshelf.
The new standards from the Project Management Institute (PMI) provide guidance and universal
principles for the generation, development, and application of the Work Breakdown Structure
(WBS). Created by the experts who wrote the PMI WBS Practice Standard, this handbook explains
what the standard covers and how to go about successfully implementing the WBS process from
start to finish. An included CD contains examples from the book, presentations describing the
applications of the content, as well as example documents, matrices, and forms.
Contents: CHAPTER 1: BACKGROUND AND KEY CONCEPTS.
The Role of the Work Breakdown Structure.
Defining Work Breakdown Structure.
The Importance of the WBS.
A Brief Story as an Illustration.
Defining the WBS.
The House Metaphor: a Consistent Example.
CHAPTER 2: APPLYING WBS ATTRIBUTES AND CONCEPTS.
WBS Core Characteristics.
WBS Use-Related Characteristics.
WBS Uses beyond the Project.
Chapter Quiz .
CHAPTER 3: PROJECT INITIATION AND THE WBS.
Preliminary Scope Statement.
Contracts, Agreements, Statements of Work (SOW).
CHAPTER 4: DEFINING SCOPE THROUGH THE WBS.
Product Scope Description.
Project Scope Statement (Scope Definition).
Work Breakdown Structure.
Beginning with the Elaborated
CHAPTER 5: THE WBS IN PROCUREMENT AND FINANCIAL PLANNING.
Build vs. Buy Decisions.
Cost Breakdown Structure.
Chapter Summary .
CHAPTER 6: QUALITY, RISK, RESOURCE AND COMMUNICATION PLANNING WITH THE WBS.
Approaching Quality, Resource and Risk Planning.
Using Existing Templates and Processes.
Creating Processes to Support the Project.
Utilizing the WBS as a Basis for Process Development.
Employing the WBS and WBS Dictionary.
The Whole is not Greater than the Sum of it?s Parts: It Equals Precisely 100% of the Sum of it?s
Communications Planning Using the WBS as a Foundation.
Developing the Communications Plan.
The Communications Matrix.
The Hierarchy of Information.
The Meeting Matrix.
CHAPTER 7: THE WBS AS A STARTING POINT FOR SCHEDULE DEVELOPMENT.
Demystifying the Transition from the WBS to the Project Schedule.
Putting These Concepts to Work.
The WBS in Hierarchical Outline Form.
Identifying Dependencies between Scope Elements.
Representing Scope Sequence and Dependency.
Creating a High-Level Scope Sequence Representation.
The Concept of Inclusion.
The Scope Relationship Diagram.
Creating a Scope Dependency Plan .
CHAPTER 8: THE WBS IN ACTION.
Acquire Project Team.
Direct and Manage Project Execution and Integrated Change Management.
Scope Management and the Triple Constraint.
Relationship with Other Project Management Processes.
Perform Quality Assurance.
CHAPTER 9: ENSURING SUCCESS THROUGH THE WBS.
Project Performance Management.
Planned vs. Actual.
End of Chapter Quiz on Topics / Concepts.
CHAPTER 10: VERIFYING PROJECT CLOSEOUT WITH THE WBS.
Acceptance / Turnover / Support / Maintenance.
CHAPTER 11: A PROJECT MANAGEMENT WBS.
Organization Options for a Project Management WBS.
Project Management WBS Components Aligned with the PMBOK? Guide: Third Edition.
Project Management WBS Lite.
Conclusion: A Final Word.
Appendix A: Project Charter Example.
Appendix B: Project Scope Statement Example.
Appendix C: Project Management WBS Examples.
Appendix D: Answers to Chapter Quizzes. Index.
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