A model MS Project cross-functional work breakdown structure (WBS) for IT/software development projects.
What this is
This MS Project file was created by the PMO for the IT organization of a large company, as a guideline for consistent planning of their software development projects.
Why it's useful
It provides a full cross-functional work breakdown for such a project, from business process requirements definition all the way through acceptance testing and deployment, with related work such as training and documentation as well. All WBS elements are linked to show typical dependency relationships and have generic departmental resources assigned. In addition, every task is annotated with notes on the purpose of that task and guidelines for executing it.
How to use it
Review the WBS structure, use of milestones and resource management, etc., for ideas for your own software project's WBS. Then use the file as a model for your own WBS; or edit the file in Microsoft Project to add items specific to your situation and 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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