This WBS and schedule example for a software application development project, includes detailed notes for new software PMs, as well as a phase-based WBS from team formation to post-project review.
What this is
This Microsoft Project schedule for a software application development project includes a high-level work breakdown, draft scheduling estimates and dependencies, and department-level resource allocation. But the extensive notes for each task may be the best part. They provide a great overview of PM practices and real-world expectations for project managers on a software development project. The WBS runs from initial team formation to post-project review.
Why it's useful
This application development schedule illustrates how the various phases of a software development project build on information and understanding gathered and defined in previous phases. Of course, every project is different, and it would be impractical to take this schedule and use it unmodified for your new development project. But it's always informative to how others estimated tasks and allocated resources. As an added bonus, the extensive notes in this file serve as a sort of mini-tutorial for project managers who are new to the job, or to the domain. The included notes supply advice on common practices and things to watch out for, as well as reasoning behind adopting certain tasks at certain points in the schedule. All in all, it's an excellent overview of the planning process in general, as well as showcasing a typical deliverable of the scheduling process.
How to use it
Double-click on the file icon to open the Microsoft Project schedule file, then save it to your hard drive. Review its WBS structure, resource allocation, estimates, etc. for ideas for your own project'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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