Demystifying the WBS for Pharmaceutical Product Development

Project managers often overlook scope development.  They frequently jump straight into schedule development without clearly defining the scope of the project. The PMBOK scope management processes are very useful in helping a project manager define the project scope and identify all the deliverables the customer is paying for.  The schedule is then developed to identify all the activities required to ensure that those deliverables are created and delivered to the customer.

The presentation guides the audience through the first four scope management processes: Plan Scope Management, Collect Requirements, Define Scope and Create WBS.  Starting with a project charter it covers the flow from project charter to the scope management plan to project requirements then to the scope baseline with a WBS and dictionary.  Brief, easy-to-use templates are highlighted for every process.

The WBS is a source of great confusion and mystery to many project managers.  But it is a powerful and key project management tool when used properly; clearly defining everything the customer is paying for.  To demystify the WBS, during the second half of the presentation the audience will participate in developing a WBS for a project to develop a new pharmaceutical compound.

Dr. Carswell was a senior research scientist and project manager at the University of Alabama and Huntsville for 16 years, where he developed four successful space shuttle experiments. He has also managed sensors, border security and renewable energy programs.

He is currently adjunct professor at Embry Riddle, teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in project management, and developing a professional development program for hands-on, practical project management training. His students call him “Doc.”

Wanda Whyte has 25 years of experience in systems engineering and project management for the Defense and NASA industries. Her professional career spans achievements in life cycle development, efficiency studies, risk management, system validation and verification, and defense acquisition processes.

Ms. Whyte holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. She is a certified systems engineering professional (CSEP) and a certified project management professional (PMP).

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