Creating WBS – Analyzing Statement of Work

This video presents a faster and easier method to analyze a statement of work to create the wbs. Using mind mapping techniques, a project manager will more effectively analyze, brainstorm, and share information with the team. This is the first part of a series of videos on using mind mapping techniques for project planning. Use these techniques to more effectively plan your projects. The project presented in this video is a residential solar panel project in San Diego, California. In this video, you will learn the following:

  • Techniques to review a statement of work in detail and create a draft wbs using the top-down layout.
  • Dragging and dropping to create the draft wbs.
  • Integrating statement of work content into the mind map using the text note.

In this video, I demonstrate how you can quickly copy the statement of work into the mind map. A draft wbs is then created by dragging and dropping the deliverables into Level 2 of the wbs. It is important to review each sentence in detail to identify deliverables. It is easy to collaborate with your team and achieve real-time updates as you create the wbs. This can be performed in a conference room or by sharing your computer screen.

Text Note – Key Feature

A powerful feature of MindView 6 is to utilize the text note to integrate scope details into the wbs. In many cases the statement of work is poorly written, disjointed, and incomplete. You can quickly copy applicable scope into the wbs to align the statement of work with the wbs. As you gather scope information and decompose the wbs, you can add additional content into the mind map. It is easy to enter content into the mind map during meetings, phone calls, and web meetings. By exporting the mind map into Word or Excel, you can share the wbs and scope information with the team. The text note is a key feature to quickly analyzing the statement of work and collaborating with the project team to create the wbs. Use these mind mapping techniques to:

  • Increase productivity.
  • Improve team communication.
  • Reduce planning stress.

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