After reading through the class material for this week, I found that we are all currently using one of the project management techniques in this course: Work Breakdown Structure. For our final project, each team is working towards the same end goal while reaching various set deliverables along the way. As the article mentioned, “WBS is developed by starting with the end objective and successively subdividing it into manageable components in terms of size, duration, and responsibility which include all steps necessary to achieve the objective”. Even before reading this article about Work Breakdown Structure, my group had analyzed the final project goals, requirements and deliverables and subdivided each by the terms previously mentioned (size, duration and responsibility). We assessed the duration of each task and immediately began addressing the tasks that were projected to take the longest, first. We also went through the requirements section and distributed each item to the best-fit person on the team.
As teams, we are working to organize our final projects into manageable sections while attempting to execute the project in terms of scope, time and cost. In the case of our final project, cost in terms of dollars is irrelevant. However, we are able to associate that side of the triangle with the people involved (our team members). At our next team meeting, I will propose our team to design a Work Breakdown Structure graphic that will help our team better visualize our project end-goal with its various manageable components.
I am sure that many other project management techniques we are learning in this course also correlate with our immediate course work. Has anyone found any other parallels similar to that of the Work Breakdown Structure and our final projects?
“A Short Course in Project Management.” Project, support.office.com/en-us/article/a-short-course-in-project-management-19cfed57-2f85-4a44-aadc-df8482d92688?ocmsassetID=HA010235482.
“Work Breakdown Structure.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 3 July 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_breakdown_structure.
“Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).” Workbreakdownstructure.com – Work Breakdown Structure Information., www.workbreakdownstructure.com/.