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Quality Software Project Management by Linda I. Safer, Donald F. Shafer, Robert T. Futrell

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Chapter 8. Creating the Work Breakdown Structure

If you've got a project charter and an excited customer, why go to the trouble to build a work breakdown structure? After all, aren't you a software engineering professional? The work breakdown structure (WBS) is the heart of a project plan, as most of the other parts of a project are built from it. The WBS is the tool used to document all the work that must be done to develop and deliver the software in a satisfactory manner. Although it may seem that the information that it contains is redundant with some of the other various documents that a software development project generates (scope of work, software requirements specification, design document, etc.), it serves to consolidate information ...

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