This WBS and schedule (in MS Project format) covers planning a party, from guest list to greetings. This would also make a good example for project management newcomers.
What this is
This Microsoft Project schedule for planning a party includes a work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies. The WBS runs from writing the guest list to the day of the celebration.
Why it's useful
Parties are a great opportunity to get outstanding results with a little advance planning. Formal or casual, large or small, this simple WBS and schedule can help you get a head start on your party planning. Its simplicity makes it a good example for people who are new to project management and could use a relatable example to wrap their heads around the concept. Plus, it provides a solid baseline for thinking ahead and making decisions about your next shindig. Draft information about dependencies and constraints is included, illustrating how a plan evolves from pure WBS to full-blown baseline schedule.
How to use it
Use your favorite unzip software to extract the Microsoft Project schedule file and save it to your hard drive. Review its WBS structure, resource allocation, estimates, etc. for ideas for your own party's work breakdown and scheduling. Edit it to create your own template if desired.
Note: You must have Microsoft Project installed in order to edit this file. If you don't have MS Project you can still view the file using one of the many MS Project viewers on the market. (Google on "Microsoft Project viewer" for scads of possibilities.) You may also want to look into Microsoft's 60-day free trial offer.
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