Tongue-in-cheek example of applying project management to a product development with a small team -- by scheduling a holiday dinner with everything ready at the same time.
What this is
This Project file outlines the process for planning a holiday dinner with all dishes ready to serve at the desired time. Planning ahead ensures you have sufficient time and room to bring it all together at the desired target for a large crowd. This file also includes assignments for each step - indicating where people help prep each other's dishes when needed - so no dish gets forgotten. You can even use this to reserve cooking or prep space for visitors who bring a dish and need to integrate it into your meal.
Why it's useful
While obviously somewhat tongue-in-cheek in subject matter, this WBS provides an excellent example of a product development schedule for a small team with a concrete deliverable, integrating various components with each other at the required times, not just "when they're ready." Plus, you can use it to help plan your holiday dinners, too!
How to use it
Review the MS Project file's WBS structure, use of milestones, etc. for ideas for your own planning. Edit it to create your own template if desired. If you prefer a simpler, manual method, try the PDF file instead (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
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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