Chapter 2

Task Analysis

Chapter Objectives

This chapter discusses the following concepts:

• How the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is used to analyze the tasks that are needed to develop the deliverables specified in the requirements

• How effort, in the form of time and resources, should be assigned to the tasks shown in the WBS

• Why the preliminary schedule, with milestones, developed from the WBS is a key part of planning


Once the requirements specification is understood and completed, the software project management team is ready to start on the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) activity. Note that we used the term “software ...

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