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Schedule Planning & Development - Chapter Summary
Logistics in business creates a major concern for most project managers, so this chapter has been constructed to help you better comprehend the schedule planning and development process. These lessons teach you about the different scheduling structure models, tools used to construct various scheduling plans, and more. At the close of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Describe examples of the work breakdown structure (WBS)
- Identify elements of the organizational breakdown structure
- Analyze the definition of work package
- Check out the components of the project scope statement
- Define the significance of the project resource management plan
- Examine the tools and processes used for project portfolio management
- Explain the applications of schedule modeling in project management
You can easily verify how much of this information you understand by answering the lesson quizzes. Simply go to the quiz tab of the lesson and choose to either take the quiz or print out the quiz worksheet. The quizzes consist of at least five questions that are all multiple-choice. Each quiz is a little different, but in general the quizzes tend to ask questions about vocabulary terms, definitions, concept applications, and problem solving.
After you answer the quiz questions, you will see your score immediately. Your dashboard also keeps track of your most recent scores. If you don't score well, try going back to the lesson for some review. Remember, the quizzes can be taken over and over again to help you master this information.
1. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS): Example & Definition
In this lesson, we'll briefly define and explore the dynamics of the work breakdown structure, or WBS. We'll show examples and explain potential gains from utilizing this great tool.
2. Organizational Breakdown Structure: Definition & Example
The lesson will introduce and define the term Organizational Breakdown Structure (OBS) and will provide a thorough example of OBS, which will help to explain how it is used in project management.
3. Work Package: Definition & Example
In this lesson, we will define the work package and show examples of how the dynamic relationships among work packages help build project success. We will conclude with a summary and a brief quiz.
4. Project Scope Statement: Definition & Components
As a project moves from the initiating process to the planning process, one of the key priorities is to develop a clear and detailed project scope statement. In this lesson, you will learn what should be included in a scope statement.
5. Using Networking Diagrams for Task Breakdown & Tracking
Network diagrams are useful in creating high-level or detailed pictures of your project schedule and tracking activities. In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of a network diagram and how it aids in managing and tracking project activities.
6. Estimating Activity Duration in Project Management
Creating realistic activity duration estimates is critical to producing a meaningful project schedule. In this lesson, you'll learn the importance of realistic activity durations and how to network diagrams to validate your schedule.
7. Project Resource Management Plan: Definition & Importance
In this lesson, you'll learn how to define a project resource management plan, discover the steps required to create a resource management plan, and explore why it's an important tool for the project manager.
8. Schedule Modeling: Definition & Use in Project Management
The key to success for any project is effective scheduling. The project schedule fosters its efficient and effective completion from beginning to end. In this lesson, we will learn about schedule modeling and its use in project management.
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