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CSIS: 20 Critical Security Controls Version 4.1

April 27th, 2013 Comments off

SANS recently release the newest update of their well known security guide

Download the version 4.1 , March 2013 here

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http://www.sans.org/critical-security-controls/cag4-1.pdf

Poster is here : http://www.sans.org/critical-security-controls/spring-2013-poster.pdf

Categories: Security

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

April 15th, 2013 Comments off

As anyone involved with Project Management knows, Work Breakdown Structure or a WBS is one of the key terms used in project management. The WBS is essential for the correct management of a projects lifecycle. It forms an important component of the planning of a project with a particular focal point being put on time management.

The core principle behind having a work breakdown structure in project management software is to divide a project into sections. Having this step by step structure in place will enable project managers (PM’s) to encompass more control and visibility of their work program.

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The WBS has the following objectives:

Scope: The WBS will aid in the organisation and function of a project’s scope by providing PM’s with the elements to precisely establish the work that needs to be done within a particular project.

Organization and Management: By interacting with a WBS a Project Manager can assign resources and responsibilities. This gives them the control to manage the project in a way that’s structured to ensure project success.

Verify that all details are covered in a project. This will prevent project change requests being issued.

The development of the WBS is the most important part of the process. If this stage is done poorly it will follow through and affect the cost and time of the project. If done correctly and thoroughly a project should sail through the plan schedule without any changes needing to be made. The first part of the process is to gather the entire project team and any other individual who will have a part to play in the project. By gathering a wide range of know-how and experience at the one time will allow a project manager to get to the smallest of details within the deliverables of a project.

Once these deliverables have been established they will need to be broken down into manageable tasks. By dividing the deliverable into smaller tasks will give the project manager more control and focus over the management of the time and cost associated with it. In fact the WBS is a foundation for the timeline of projects. Having the work broke down into manageable sections allows a PM to make a relatively close estimation on the amount of time required to complete the project. The project breakdown will allow the project manager to identify the time constraint that should be applied to the tasks. Therefore if a project manager decides not to go with a WBS they could run a risk of facing project delays. By having a timeline drawn up it will give the project manager and project team members a visual aid of what the progress of the project should be at a certain point in time.

Categories: Project Management
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