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" Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work." Peter Drucker

A project plan consists of tasks placed on the calendar and assigned to individual team members. This provides a roadmap for the team -- and a way to track progress toward the end goal.

The first step in developing a project plan is to create a list of tasks that, when completed, will result in the end product described in the Scope Statement. This task list is called a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and it includes information about task dependencies (i.e., when one task's output is input to another).

Once you have your WBS, you can enter it into a project management software tool such as Smartsheet or Microsoft Project. These tools take task dependencies into consideration to determine start and finish dates needed on individual tasks in order to complete the end product by the delivery date agreed upon in the Scope Statement.

The following links provide:

[ Further details can be found in Techniques for Managing Projects, ]

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