Work Breakdown Schedule



In working out your responses to the Discussion Question, you should choose examples from your own experience or find appropriate cases on the Web that you can discuss. Credit will be given for references you make to relevant examples from real companies. Please make sure that you cite and reference all your outside sources properly, as per the Harvard Referencing System.

Assume you have bought an old, semi-furnished house and need to renovate it before moving in. Generally, renovation work can be of different categories, such as furniture, electrical equipment, plumbing, landscaping (garden), and painting. You will have to engage an external agency to get a portion of this work completed. However, before you start the whole renovation effort, you need to decide on two aspects: the amount of time required for the whole project and the cost to complete the renovation.

Determine the need to develop the WBS before defining the activities in every instance. In the given scenario, think of the different types of dependencies within the project. In your opinion, how do the activity dependencies impact the project duration? Explain why control accounts are identified in the WBS.

Determine whether a WBS is necessary for every project irrespective of its scope. Do you think a WBS is needed for a project where the scope is only to renovate the living room, which includes furniture and painting as major deliverables?


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