August 28, 2011 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Project Plan Development
Organize the Activities Into a ‘Dependency’ Network
By Richard Morreale
Here is the next Step in the Structured Project Management Planning Process. Just as a reminder, write-ups on the first four steps can be found on previous Blog entries. However, let me remind you what the first 4 steps were:
- Step 1 - Break The Project Down into Major Stages
- Step 2 – Identify the Products to be Delivered During and at the End of Each Stage
- Step 3 – Define the Content and Format Standard for Each Product to be Delivered
- Step 4 – Develop an Activity Breakdown of the Work Required to Produce Each Product
And now we are on Step 5 – Organize the activities Into a ‘Dependency Network’. Once you have the Activities identified for each of the Products in the plan, the next Step is to organize those Activities into the order in which they have to be accomplished. In other words, which Activities must be completed prior to which Activities? Which Sections of the Products must be completed prior to other Sections of the Products? Which Products must be completed prior to other Products?
Organizing the Activities, Sections and Products into dependency order, in other words producing a Dependency Network, will show you the order or the process that the Project Team needs to follow in order to complete the Plan and deliver the Project.
This Dependency Network, when completed in Steps 6, 7, 8,and 9 of the Process will also show the entire Team how the Project will be completed, who is dependent on whom, what is dependent on what, basically how it all fits together. It supports the Team concept in that any member of the Team can see how any slippage or lack of delivery on his or her part will affect other members of the Team and the Project.
Dependency Networks are fairly easy to do as there are numerous software planning packages to help in actually drawing the network. The important key is actually identifying the dependencies. Using the Dependency Network with the generic Activities helps to make managing the Project much easier.
See you soon with Step 6.
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