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Harvard Business Essentials Managing Projects Large and Small: The Fundamental Skills for Delivering on Budget and on Time by Harvard Business School Press

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5

Work Breakdown

From Huge Job to Manageable Tasks

Key Topics Covered in This Chapter

  • Using work breakdown structure to subdivide complex tasks into many smaller tasks
  • Estimating time and resource requirements for each task
  • Fitting people to tasks

ONCE YOU HAVE completed all the housekeeping processes and set up a budget for your project, you are ready to move into the first area of technique, which aims to decompose a large job into a set of manageable tasks.

Many of the objectives addressed through projects are huge and mind boggling in their complexity. To those of us who don’t work in the construction industry, the job of building an eighty-story office building seems impossibly complex. How would you create a foundation capable of carrying ...

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