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Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success by James Persse

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The Two-Dimensional Work Breakdown Structure

The difference between plate organization and source organization is one of dimension. With a WBS created using the former, the shape of the development life cycle is basically spread in as practical a way as possible over a set span of time. This approach usually is based on only a general understanding of the requirements. Accordingly, plate organization tends to produce generic-looking schedules and project plans. In source organization, the approach to work breakdown is not so much different as it is extended, one that echoes Hollywood’s use of strip boarding to drive a deeper understanding of work demands. Source organization begins with the plate format—important because it represents the framework ...

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