The activity list is a full list of all the activities in the project schedule. It breaks down each work package into activities which form the basis for estimating, scheduling, completing, and controlling the work. It includes an identifier and a description of the scope of work for each activity. It needs to contain enough detail for the project team to understand what needs to be done. stakeholdermap.com
Activities are different from milestones, because they have durations. In other words, the activity will take a certain amount of time and may have resources and costs associated with it. Milestones are zero duration markers usually denoting of the completion of an important stage or phase within the project.
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Project details and document control
Provide information on the project and document:
- Project Name and Reference
- Project Manager
- Document Date
Give each activity a unique ID, this may include a reference to the work package in the work breakdown structure.
Give each activity a title that is as understandable as possible, in other words a title that the project team will understand.
Describe the activity clearly so that the person responsible understands the work.
Scope of Work
Add more detail if needed. For example, you may include references to procedures or manuals and you might make a note of any exclusions.
Enter any activities that rely on the completion of this activity.
Enter any limitations that may apply to this activity.
Make a note of anything that you have assumed to be true in relation to this activity. For example, you might have assumed that adequate stock is in place, or that a particular resource will be available to deliver the activity.
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