Project Scheduling – How to Create an Activity List – Cert IV PM

Project Activity Definition: Outputs

.1 Compiling the Activity List

The primary output of decomposing the work is the activity list, which is a collection of all the work elements required to complete the project.

The activity list is actually an extension of the work breakdown structure (WBS), and will serve as a fundamental tool in creating the project schedule.  The activity list is needed to ensure that all the deliverables of the WBS are accounted for and that the necessary work is mapped to each.

The activity list is a comprehensive list including all schedule activities that are planned to be performed on the project.

The activity list does not include any schedule activities that are not required as part of the project scope.  The activity list includes the activity identifier and a scope of work description for each schedule activity in sufficient detail to ensure that project team members understand what work is required to be completed.

The schedule activity’s scope of work can be in physical terms, such as linear feet of pipe to be installed, designated placement of concrete, number of drawings, lines of computer program code, or chapters in a book.  The activity list is used in the schedule model and is a component of the project management plan.

The schedule activities are discrete components of the project schedule, but are not components of the WBS.

.2 Activity Attributes

These activity attributes are an extension of the activity attributes in the activity list and identify the multiple attributes associated with each schedule activity.  Activity attributes for each schedule activity include the activity identifier, activity codes, activity description, predecessor activities, successor activities, logical relationships, leads and lags, resource requirements, imposed dates, constraints, and assumptions.

Activity attributes can also include the person responsible for executing the work, geographic area or place where the work has to be performed, and schedule activity type such as level of effort, discrete effort, and apportioned effort.

These attributes are used for project schedule development and for selecting, ordering, and sorting the planned schedule activities in various ways within reports. The number of attributes varies by application area.

The activity attributes are used in the schedule model.

.3 Milestone List

The list of schedule milestones identifies all milestones and indicates whether the milestone is mandatory (required by the contract) or optional (based upon project requirements or historical information). The milestone list is a component of the project management plan and the milestones are used in the schedule model.

.4 Requested Changes

The Activity Definition process can generate requested changes that can affect the project scope statement and WBS. Requested changes are processed for review and disposition through the Integrated Change Control process.

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