A Discussion of Work Breakdown

At the beginning of the project, the project manager created the work breakdown structure (see Figure 5-3) to determine the skills needed for project work, by first identifying the major tasks to be performed and the specialty work areas that they entailed. This, in turn, guided the selection of the project team. One, or several, team members (who are specialists in each area) now represent each major project task. Each specialist will have already identified the work package that his or her major task should be broken into and have listed the individual tasks making up this work package. If a workgroup, rather than an individual, is required to complete a task, which is often the case, the workgroup leader must ...

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