Work Breakdown Structures and Milestones

Wednesday 13 Feb 2013

6.00pm - 8.30pm (refreshments available 30 minutes before)

BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Geoffrey Darnton

In many projects it is often taken as an approach to break down the project into its constituent parts (WBS), and define project milestones. Project review meetings then track progress according to the pre-defined milestones and completion of the components. This is often not the best way to proceed and is why there have been so many large public sector project failures, over-runs, etc.

This presentation and discussion challenges much orthodox wisdom about software project management, and suggests that many more projects should be following a spiral method rather than WBS and milestones. The determining characteristics are project novelty and complexity to inform method choices.

Also, what is needed is nearer to one project method per project rather than one development method for the organization, along a spectrum with waterfall methods at one end and spiral methods at the other.

About the Speaker:

Geoffrey often describes himself as a multidisciplinary solver of multidimensional problems. He has many years of project experience in a variety of roles involving statistics, econometrics, teaching, research, management, education, meta-modelling, information systems and ICT. Some projects have even required delving into history, law, philosophy, and ethnography. He has managed an international group of consultants who had to address problematic projects at a fourth level of escalation, when the project methods themselves were often the cause of the problems. He has authored, co-authored, or contributed to, more than 10 books, journal papers, and conference papers, with 2 books released in 2012.

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