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WBS Example: Vendor Selection Project


Quick Summary
Screenshot This WBS and early schedule (in MS Project format) includes a work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, and preliminary resource allocation for a vendor selection project.


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What this is

This Microsoft Project schedule provides a work breakdown for assessing a final list of vendor products and selecting an appropriate solution. It includes a work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, and preliminary resource allocation, running from project kick-off to contract negotiation.


Why it's useful

If you're beginning work on a vendor selection project, especially for an ASP or SAP implementation, this WBS will interest you. Reviewing an example schedule can help you get a head start on your planning activities and make sure you don't overlook important factors that can make the difference between success and failure.

The example in this file won't be an appropriate WBS for every selection process, of course, but it is a reasonable baseline for comparison. It also illustrates a reasonable level of control for a large project WBS, and one way of tracking the work on various important activities (like communications) without cluttering up the functional portion of the work breakdown.


How to use it

Use your favorite unzip software to extract the Microsoft Project schedule file and save it to your hard drive. Review its WBS structure, resource allocation, estimates, etc. for ideas for your own seminar event's work breakdown and scheduling. Edit it to create your own template if desired.

Note: You must have Microsoft Project installed in order to edit this file. If you don't have MS Project you can still view the file using one of the many MS Project viewers on the market. (Google on "Microsoft Project viewer" for scads of possibilities.) You may also want to look into Microsoft's 60-day free trial offer.



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