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About this Course
One common approach used to identify and document project activities and tasks is a work breakdown structure (WBS). A WBS is a hierarchical decomposition of the project into numbered phases, activities, and tasks that forms the basis for a project plan. The size and complexity of the project determines the number of tasks and the level of detail. For larger projects, it is especially important to define detailed tasks in order to ensure that all key tasks are accounted for.
When the WBS is expanded to include all related tasks and their dependencies, it becomes a schedule that project managers can use to track progress. Composing a schedule is much easier with tools such as Microsoft Project and Gantt charts. A Gantt chart is a horizontal bar chart that shows the tasks and their dependencies (and other pertinent information such as persons assigned to the task) from the project schedule in a graphical manner.
About Course Author(s)
Suresh Chalasani is a professor in the Business department at UW-Parkside. Prior to joining UW-Parkside, he worked as an assistant professor at UW-Madison. He also served as a consultant for several companies in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. Dr. Chalasani’s educational background includes a PhD from the University of Southern California. Dr. Chalasani’s current research and teaching interests include management information systems, technologies for business supply chains, transforming business processes using technologies, sustainable management, healthcare management, and healthcare technologies. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS).
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