Module 1 – Define
A project plan is often presented as a Gantt chart (schedule) showing the timeline or due dates. All projects have clearly defined start and end dates! A project plan is comprised of both the work breakdown structure (WBS) and the Gantt chart. These are two foundation parts needed in developing a project plan. It serves as a roadmap showing the project phases, key activities, and their start and end dates, dependencies between tasks, and project milestones. Project plans are typically presented as just the Gantt chart as a summary format to various audiences.
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In ME 270:
- The project phases are:
- Verify, and
- Report (DMADVR)
- The details of tasks/activities are commonly referred to as the work break down structure (WBS), to ensure responsibilities and deadlines are identified.
- In MS project the WBS drives Gantt chart development.
- In developing a full project plan:
- The WBS is determined
- The GANTT chart is developed (as a result of WBS inputs)
- At Iowa State University students have access to MS Project in computer rooms, classroom computers, and the ability to download it to laptops/tablets through the IT services website. It is a great professional tool to have in a design engineer’s toolkit. It will be a great bonus to place on your resume as you seek internships, co-ops, and your first employment opportunity upon graduation.
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