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Unformatted text preview: Work breakdown structure updates 6.1.1 Inputs to Activity Definition .1 Work breakdown structure. The WBS is the primary input to activity definition (see Section 188.8.131.52 for a more detailed discussion of the WBS). .2 Scope statement. The project justification and the project objectives contained in the scope statement must be considered explicitly during activity definition (see Section 184.108.40.206 for a more detailed discussion of the scope statement). .3 Historical information. Historical information (what activities were actually required on previous, similar projects) should be considered in defining project activities. .4 Constraints. Constraints are factors that will limit the project management team's options; an example would be the use of desired maximum activity durations. .5 Assumptions. See Section 220.127.116.11. .6 Expert judgment. Expert judgment is discussed in Sections 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124. A Guide to the A Guide to the Project Project Management Management Body of Body of KnowledgeE L KnowledgeE PL 6.1.2 Tools and Techniques for Activity Definition .1 Decomposition. Within the context of the process of Activity Definition, decomposition involves subdividing project work packages into smaller, more manageable components to provide better management control. The technique of decomposition is described in more detail in Section 126.96.36.199. The major difference between decomposition here and in Scope Definition is that the final outputs here are described as activities rather than as deliverables. The WBS and the activity list are usually developed sequentially, with the WBS being the basis for development of the final activity list. In some application areas, the WBS and the activity list are developed concurrently. .2 Templates. An activity list (described in Section 188.8.131.52), or a portion of an activity list from a previous project, is often usable as a template for a new project. The activities in templates can also contain a list of resource skills and their required hours of effort, identification of risks, expected deliverables, and other descriptive information. MP AM SA S 6.1.3 Outputs from Activity Definition .1 Activity list. The activity list must include all activities that will be performed on the project. It should be organized as an extension to the WBS to help ensure that it is complete, and that it does not include any activities that are not required as A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 2000 Edition 2000 Project Management Institute, Four Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299 USA NAVIGATION LINKS ACROYMNS LIST ACRONYMS LIST 67 ACROYMNS LIST Chapter 6--Project Time Management 184.108.40.206 | 220.127.116.11 part of the project scope. As with the WBS, the activity list should include descriptions of each activity to ensure that the project team members will understand how the work is to be done. .2 Supporting detail. Supporting detail for the activity list should be documented and organized as needed to f...
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