M3MQ - Module 3 Questions 1 What is a work breakdown structure What is a responsibility assignment matrix How are they related A Work Breakdown

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Module 3 Questions1.What is a work breakdown structure? What is a responsibility assignment matrix? How are they related?A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is used for breaking down a project into easily manageable components, or bites.Company owners and project managers use the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to make complex projects more manageable. The WBS is designed to help break down a project into manageable chunks that can be effectively estimated and supervised. (Brighthub Project Management)Some widely used reasons for creating a WBS include:Assists with accurate project organizationHelps with assigning responsibilitiesShows the control points and project milestonesAllows for more accurate estimation of cost, risk and timeHelps explain the project scope to stakeholdersTo start out, the project manager and subject matter experts determine the main deliverables for the project. Once this is completed, they start decomposing the deliverables they have identified, breaking them down to successively smaller chunks of work. (Brighthub Project Management)
The responsibility assignment matrix (RAM) is a table that relates the program/ project organization structure to the work breakdown structure to ensure that each element of the program/ project’s scope of work is assigned to a responsible organization or individual. Larger projects may define responsibility assignment matrices at multiple levels. (Wsdot.wa.gov)A high-level RAM may define which group or organizational unit is responsible for each component of the work breakdown structure, while lower-level RAM’s are used within the groups to assign roles and responsibilities for specific activities to specific individuals. By creating a RAM; deliverables are assigned a responsible party, who will review or add input and the appropriate approval authority is identified.The RAM can be as simple as placing a check mark in a matrix to assign the deliverables or activities. (Wsdot.wa.gov)WBS and RAM are very tightly related to each other. WBS must be done first before a RAM can

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