Chapter 12 - Process and Time Schedule

Part 1

Story

At the second workshop, the team discusses the individual work packages and identifies the issues that still have to be resolved. Although the WBS overlaps in some areas, it is easy to sort it out because everyone is well prepared. It appeared that all the relevant work packages have been identified and correctly assigned.

"Now we have to create a process schedule by putting the work packages in sequence and taking the interdependencies into account", explains Carl Rogers. The team get to work on the WBS structure and arrange most of the work packages into sequence in no time at all.

It looks as if the task will be finished quickly. But then Chris Feldmann mentions several new considerations that overturn the previous plan. Conservative William Rose thinks that Chris's ideas are too radical. A heated discussion follows, but the team can't agree on the time sequence of five of the work packages. Grace Holmes's attempts to arbitrate are unsuccessful. For now, the team decides to adopt the minimum common definition and creates a process schedule without the five critical work packages. They intend to discuss the work packages again at the next workshop when everybody has calmed down.