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The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick

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Identify Project Work

The goal of the scope definition process is to describe the project in much smaller pieces, or work packages. A project WBS is a structured hierarchy, with work packages at lower levels representing less and less of the overall project. The lowest-level work packages are often called “tasks” or “activities,” but terminology varies widely.

A WBS is typically developed by breaking the overall project deliverable into major subsets of work, and then continuing the process of decomposition down through multiple levels. Identify work through brainstorming and using lists of activities from earlier projects.

Document each work package on a separate sticky note, giving each one a verb–noun description. The verb defines the effort, ...

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