6.1. Defining the Project Activities (PMBOK, Section 6.1)

When a project is first initiated, project managers often drift immediately to the labor and activities that will be required to complete the project work. The trouble with moving right to the work that needs to be done to create the project scope is that the focus is on the labor and not on the scope first. In Chapter 5, I discussed the project scope and the work breakdown structure (WBS)—these are predecessors to defining the project activities. For your PMI examination, here's the sequence of events that the project manager should have in place to get to the work the project team will complete:

  • Project scope statement

  • Work breakdown structure

  • WBS dictionary

  • Work packages

  • Schedule activities ...

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