Define Activities is the process of identifying and documenting the specific actions to be performed to produce the project deliverables. This process is performed throughout the project.

Process inputs:

  • Project management plan
  • Enterprise environmental factors
  • Organizational process assets

Process outputs:

  • Activity list
  • Activity attributes
  • Milestone list
  • Change requests
  • Project management plan updates

Create Project Management Tasks

In the Planning folder, representing Planning Process Group, create the Define activities task with subtasks corresponding to the output of the Define Activities process: Develop activity list, Develop activity attributes, Develop milestone list, Create change requests, and Update project management plan.

Activities to manage:

  • Expert judgment elicitation
  • Decomposition
  • Rolling wave planning
  • Meetings
  • Change requests
  • Project management plan updates

Create Project Management Documents

In the Docs section, create the following documents: Activity List, Activity Attributes, and Milestone List.

The activity list includes the schedule activities required on the project, an activity identifier and a scope of work description for each activity in sufficient detail to ensure that project team members understand what work is required to be completed.

Activity attributes extend the description of the activity by identifying multiple components associated with each activity, including:

  • Unique activity identifier (ID)
  • WBS ID
  • Activity label or name
  • Activity descriptions
  • Predecessor activities
  • Successor activities
  • Logical relationships
  • Leads and lags
  • Resource requirements
  • Imposed dates
  • Constraints
  • Assumptions

A milestone list identifies all project milestones and indicates whether the milestone is mandatory, such as those required by contract, or optional, such as those based on historical information.

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