Summary of the Levels of Planning

  •  Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), a hierarchical structure which usually identifies the major deliverables,
  •  Sub-projects, allows different organizations to use the planning software by users logging in to a database and opening a schedule,
  •  Phase development such as Design, Procure, Install and Test allow each phase to be broken out into more detail as each phase approaches and more detail is available,
  • A project may be divided into Stages which do not overlap in time and Stage Plans developed before each Stage commences,
  •  Work Packages may be created from one or more WBS nodes and detailed out by a contractor when the work is awarded,
  • The Rolling Wave technique adds more detail to a schedule as the work approaches and a two week look ahead schedule is a typical example two week look ahead schedule is a typical example.