WBS/Gantt chart created for a project to create client laptop or desktop connections using IEEE 802.11b technology and USB version 1.1.
What this is
This WBS/Gantt chart was created for a project to create client laptop or desktop connections using IEEE 802.11b technology and USB version 1.1. The project was staffed by around 10 full allocated and 10 partially allocated resources from various groups.
The primary firmware was outsourced to an OEM company and the specifications and requirements were defined in an early project that was part of the product mix. The software developed was really a large enhancement to existing applications, adding only the initialization of the PC to use the USB instead of the internal or PC card Ethernet.
The real names of the companies, products, project name, group names and names of the company's phases were changed to retain confidentiality.
This WBS was produced very early in the Initiation Phase of the project for rough planning. It was used to elicit more detailed information from the product development team. It includes generalized input from the software, hardware, mechanical engineering, marketing product management, technical publications, human factors, test systems, quality assurance, software release, operations, manufacturing, customer service and other various groups.
Why it's useful
This WBS is provided as one example of an early cross-functional product development schedule, to provide ideas for how to structure such schedules and levels of detail that are useful in early planning activities for a smaller project, hopefully allowing others to get some useful WBS ideas from what this team constructed for this project.
How to use it
Double-click on the file icon to open up the embedded Microsoft Project schedule file, then save it to your hard drive. Review its WBS structure, use of milestones, etc. for ideas for your own project's WBS. 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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