An MS Project work breakdown structure covering all 10 phases of the Software Release Life Cycle.
What this is
This is an MS Project file that provides a work breakdown structure (WBS) covering all 10 phases of the Software Release Life Cycle. For each phase it lists the deliverables called out in the Software Release Life Cycle Overview to show when they get accomplished in the phase. Typical dependencies and primary resource assignments are specified for each deliverable.
Why it's useful
This file provides a full cross-functional work breakdown for a software release 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 resoruces assigned. In addition, every task is annotated with notes on the purpose of that task and guidelines for executing it. The file can be edited to give you a big jump-start on your own release-level schedule.
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.
Contributed by Peter Michels, who has served as Director of Engineering and Program Management, Senior Project Manager, Software Development Manager and software developer in large and small companies.
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