Outputs Of Define Activities For Project Schedule
In my previous article, I have talked about some of the inputs of define activities for project schedule. In this article, I will be looking at the outputs of define activities for project schedule. Follow me as we look at some of these outputs together in this article.
Here are some of the outputs of define activities for plan project schedule:
#1 Activity list
The Activity list includes the scheduled activity required on the project. For projects that use rolling wave planning or agile techniques, the activity list will be updated periodically as the project progresses.
The activity list includes an activity identifier and a scope of work description for each activity in sufficient detail to ensure that the project team members understand what work is required to be completed.
#2 Activity attributes
Activity attributes extend the description of the activity by identifying multiple components associated with each activity. The components for each activity evolve over time. During the initial stage of the project, they include the unique activity identifier (ID), and activity label or name. When completed, they may include activity descriptions, predecessor activities, successor activities, logical relationships, leads and lags, resource requirements, imposed dates, constraints and assumptions among others.
Activity attributes can be used to identify the place where the work has to be performed, the project calendar the activity is assigned to, and the type of effort involved.
Activity attributes are used for schedule development and for selecting, ordering, and sorting the planned schedule activities in various ways within reports.
#3 Milestone list
A milestone is a significant point or event in a project. A milestone list identifies all project milestones and indicates whether the milestone is mandatory, such as those required by contact, or optional, such as those based on historical information. Milestones have zero duration because they represent a significant point or event in the project.
#4 Change requests
Once the project has been baseline, the progressive elaboration of deliverables into activities may reveal work that was not initially part of the project baseline. This may result in a change request.
Change requests are processed for review and disposition through Perform Integrated Change Control Process.
#5 Project Management Plan updates
Any change to the project management plan goes through the organization’s change control process via a change request. Components that may require a change request for the project management plan include But are not limited to:
- Schedule baseline: Throughout the project, work packages are progressively elaborated into activities. The process may reveal work that was not part of the initial schedule baseline necessitating a change to delivery dates or other significant schedule milestones that are part of a schedule baseline.
- Cost baseline: Change to the cost baseline are incorporated in response to approved changes in scheduled activities.
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