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Defining Activities

Now you’re off and running toward the development of your project schedule. To develop the schedule, you first need to define the activities, sequence them in the right order, estimate resources, and estimate the time it will take to complete the tasks. I’ll cover the Define Activities process here and the Sequence Activities process next, and I’ll pick up with the estimating processes in the next chapter.

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Define Activities and Sequence Activities are separate processes, each with their own inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs. In practice, especially for small to medium-sized projects, you can combine these processes into one process or step.

The Define Activities process is a further breakdown of the work package elements of the WBS. It documents the specific activities needed to fulfill the deliverables detailed on the WBS. This process might be performed by the project manager, or when the WBS is broken down to the subproject level, this process (and all the activity-related processes that follow) might be assigned to a subproject manager.


  

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