Now that we have created a project and entered the basic information, we can enter the project scope. Project Scope is simply a list of every task, activity or milestone in a project. You can enter this in the task name column as shown below. Start by creating a simple list of all the tasks without any indentation, duration or dates.
For example, if you were planning a party, a basic task list would look like this.
You can later group these tasks by indenting them, thereby creating a group of tasks having a summary task. These groups are also referred to as phases of a project.
In the image above, note that tasks 1 – 9 can be grouped together by making task 1 (Prep Work) the summary task of tasks 2 – 9. Similarly tasks 10 – 12 can be grouped together by making task 10 (Let the party begin) the summary task of tasks 11 – 12 (See image below).
The next thing you can do is, enter milestones. Milestones are reference points in a project usually marking a significant event in the project lifecycle. Eg: A phase completion in a project. Milestones are useful to monitor project progress. Tasks set as milestones will have zero duration and will be displayed as a diamond shape.
Once you have the WBS ready, we can move on to the next step – Entering durations for your tasks.
- Introduction: Getting Started
- Step 1: Set up basic project information
- Step 3: Enter Durations
- Step 4: Set Dependencies
- Step 5: Assign Resources