Efficiency and economy imply employment of the right instrument and material as well as their right use in the right manner.
—Louis Dembitz Brandeis, 1856-1941 U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Appendix Learning Objectives
After reading this appendix, you will be able to:
Most of the material in this chapter is an abridged version of Chapter 4 from my earlier work Effective Project Management: Traditional, Adaptive, Extreme, Third Edition (Wiley, 2003). It is presented here for completeness so that this book may be used as a text for an introductory course in software project management. For courses requiring more detail on these topics the earlier work may be used as a companion text.
The foundation of the traditional approach to project management is the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). The WBS is a hierarchical description of the work that must be done to complete the project as defined in the Project Overview Statement (POS). With a WBS in place, the project team can go about the task of creating a comprehensive project plan including the schedule, resource requirements, and budget. As you will see, in many other project situations it is not possible to build a WBS, at least ...