Friday, March 11, 2011

PMLL Episode 0115 A Six-Step Process to an Effective Work Breakdown Structure (PMBestPractices)

Notes and Podcast info from the Conference Call:

Topic: A Six-Step Process to an Effective Work Breakdown Structure (PMBestPractices) founder and PM Best Practices host: Henry Will, PMP
Presenter: Bill Duncan, IPMA-B Assessor

Date of Conference Call: 17Feb2011
Podcast Number: 0115

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When it comes to developing a WBS, most project managers either swear by the technique ... or swear at it. The latter response is usually caused by the vast amounts of incorrect, misleading, and inaccurate information about work breakdown structures. In this presentation, Bill Duncan, will explain why much of what you think you know about WBSs may be wrong, and will then set the record straight:
-- The ""right"" definition of a WBS
-- Why the USDoD approach doesn't fit most projects
-- How to select the first level of your WBS
-- Working with your team to develop a WBS
-- The role of a WBS in rolling wave planning
-- Do so-called ""agile"" software projects need a WBS or not?

William R. Duncan is recognized as one of the world's leading experts on the theory and practice of project management. His training programs are learner-centered to ensure the development of useful skills. His consulting practice emphasizes doable recommendations for real benefits.

He was the primary author of the first edition (1996) of the PMBoK Guide and remains active in standards development today with both the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm) and the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS).


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