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      Can someone explain the concept of verbs and nouns as used in the schedule?

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      Here is what I would recommend regarding language use in a schedule (and this is the recommendation in Eric’s book – Forecast Scheduling)

      Summary Tasks – if a deliverable – using a noun, eg location, design.  If it represents a phase, use the present continuous tense (-ing), eg Researching, Remodelling.

      Detail tasks – present tense of the verb – eg design artwork, approve recipe, define standards

      Milestones.  deliverable and past tense, eg  testing completed, recipe formulated.

      For my part, using the right language helps remove ambiguity from the the WBS which helps us all, especially when tasks are reviewed in isolation without the rest of the WBS to provide strucutre, as can happen in a filtered view, a report, or in Project Web Access (eg My Tasks).

      Regards,  Ben.


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        I completely agree with Ben; the only thing I would add is to expand on the concept of viewing the tasks in isolation; always include a reference to the summary line or “thing” that is being worked on in the task name. For instance, rather than having just “Draft” and “Review” under the heading “Detailed Specification” have “Draft Detailed Spec” and “Review (1) of Detailed Spec”. In this way when you are looking at a filtered list or the task in the Resource Usage view, you don’t need to wonder which document is being drafted or which review the document is undergoing.
        This can be a bit tedious, however it is possible to automate it in Excel by copying and pasting in and out (watch out for all the summary lines suddenly becoming manually scheduled).

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      I’ll add two other references to Ben’s great response:

      1. Effective Work Breakdown Structures by Haugan

      2. Work Breakdown Structures by Norman, Brotherton, and Fried

      I’ve found both of these helpful.  Both cover the use of nouns and verbs in the WBS and schedule, and both discuss the advantages Ben mentioned in using nouns to clearly describe WBS deliverables and present-tense verbs to describe the detail schedule activities required to produce the deliverables.


      Tim Jones

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      Keeping it short and succinct. (KISS):

      Use a verb to state the action to be accomplished in the time span (not date) shown, e.g. Design ABC, Build ABC, Test ABC, etc. Note that Design, Build, Test (as used here) are verbs.

      Be sure to assign the name of the group, or better yet, the person, responsible for the needed action (verb) on the schedule.

      Use a noun to state the name of an event that is to be accomplished on the date (not span) scheduled, e.g. Design Start, Critical Design Review, Report Review, etc. Note that Design, Critical Design , Report (as used here) are nouns.

      Remember, people will do what is expected of them, but they need to be told what is expected and when it is expected, as well as other needed requirements.  The telling needs to be in witing to be as clear as possible and preclude having to state, ” I know you heard what I said, but do you understand what I meant?”.

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      I agree wholeheartedly with Eric’s recommendations on the use of correct word types for task titles.  This is a great approach to get beginners thinking clearly about project planning.

    • #315384
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      Consider the following as structure:

      <Adjective> demonstrates degree of maturity
      <Noun> demonstrates the End Item
      <Verb1> demonstrates the step in the process
      <Verb2> demonstrates the final status

      For example: <Preliminary><Models and Simulation><Design><Complete>

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