Fundamentals Of Project Management

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Unformatted text preview: . • Select camp site. • Make site preparations. • Make site reservation. • Arrange time off from work. • Select route to site. • Prepare menu for meals. • Identify source of supplies and equipment. • Load car. • Pack suitcases. • Purchase supplies. • Arrange Camping Trip (project). www.erpvn.net Key Points to Remember • A WBS is used to subdivide a large project into smaller tasks, making it easier to estimate durations, resource requirements, and costs. • A major cause of project failure is that something is forgotten. The WBS, together with a review of the plan, is one aid to help prevent this problem. • A WBS does not show the sequence in which work is done. A schedule is used for that purpose. • When possible, estimates should be based on experience. An estimate should also take into account who is going to do the task. • Another major cause of project failure is that ballpark estimates are sometimes misused and become targets. • An estimate should always be qualified: What is its accuracy? How was the estimate prepared? What limitations does it contain? Previous Table of Contents Next Products | Contact Us | About Us | Privacy | Ad Info | Home Use of this site is subject to certain Terms & Conditions, Copyright © 1996-2000 EarthWeb Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of EarthWeb is prohibited. Read EarthWeb's privacy statement. www.erpvn.net Fundamentals of Project Management by James P. Lewis AMACOM Books ISBN: 0814478352 Pub Date: 01/01/95 Search Tips Search this book: Advanced Search Previous Table of Contents Next Title ----------- Chapter 5 Scheduling Project Work Project management is not just scheduling. One of the primary features that distinguishes project management from general management is the special attention to scheduling. Remember from Chapter 1 that Dr. J. M. Juran describes a project as a problem scheduled for solution. Unfortunately, some people think that project management is nothing but scheduling. This viewpoint is incorrect. Scheduling is just one of the tools used to manage jobs and should not be considered the primary one. One common tendency is for people to acquire scheduling software, of which there is an abundance, and think that it will make them instant project managers. They soon find that that idea is wrong. In fact, it is nearly impossible to use the software effectively unless you understand project management (and scheduling methodology in particular). I do have one suggestion about software. Whatever you pick, get some professional training in how to use it. In the early days of personal computers there was a pretty significant difference between the low-end and the high-end software that was available. The low-end packages were pretty easy to use, whereas the high-end ones were not. The gap between low- and high-end software has closed to the point that there is no longer a significant dispar...
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