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Defining and Planning the Project

Projects of all sizes may seem daunting at first. Breaking the project down into smaller, more manageable pieces allows you to develop an achievable plan for completing the project. The work breakdown structure (WBS) is one of the tools that you can use to outline your project into smaller, more manageable pieces called work packages.

Refer to Case 4.1 of your text. In this case, Brandon has been chosen to chair the 5K charity run for his fraternity, and you are presented with the details of this project. In a 5-page report, you should address the following:

How would developing a WBS help to alleviate Brandon’s problems during the initial meeting? How can the WBS be used to organize and plan the project?
Describe the process for creating the WBS.
Create a list of the major deliverables for this project, and use them to develop a draft WBS with at least 3 levels of detail.
Are there any interdependencies that need to be considered and, if so, which ones?
Assign cost and activity durations to the work packages (these may be made up).
Use either a top-down or a bottom-up approach to determine the overall cost of the project and discuss the approach used.
Be sure to cite your sources using APA; include your references and in-text citations.