n IMIESA - The work plan : project management

Volume 41, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0257-1978



After the project is structured in phases, the project manager has to develop a work plan for it. For the first coming phase, this work plan has to be very detailed. Later phases require fewer details. A work plan shows all tasks that have to be carried out to produce all necessary outputs/services. It describes who is involved in these activities and when each activity takes place. A good work plan also presents the relationships between the different tasks (successors and predecessors). Typical ways of presenting work plans are network plans and Gant charts. Network plans can be presented in two ways:

1. Activity on the arrow (critical path method)
2. Activity in the node (PERT chart). Figures 1, 2 and 3 respectively present the legend for the activity on the arrow chart, an example of a PERT chart and an example of a Gant chart.

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