Work Breakdown Structure and Critical Path

WorkBreakdown Structure and Critical Path

WorkBreakdown Structure and Critical Path

Theanalysis, given below, sums up the work break-down structure of apreviously submitted on a project about the making of a music video.Additionally, the second part of the analysis section develops acritical path upon which the directives promoted in the work breakdown structure.


WorkBreak -down Structure

Thework break-down structure allows the project manager to plan theproject more effectively and efficiently. Any project is normallycharacterized by time-bound activities and events. The activities arenormally assigned costs and limited time frames. When the project isfinished, it is expected to fulfill the needs of the stakeholders.The project manager is required to plan for the functionalcompleteness, costs, and time for the project.

Thelarger project in this context is the making of a music video.However, the generalization of this process does not fit theminiature units of work put in for the realization of the generalefforts. For the efficiency of the procedures used in the videoproduction process, graphical illustration is used (O Brien, 1965).The entire video production is disseminated into three work divisibleunits. Each unit is designed to consume a specific amount of moneyfrom the total of 200,000 US Dollars. The production is done by ateam of workers. The workers are assigned different duties, dependingon their areas of expertise. The supervisor of the production processis known as the video producer. The video producer is in charge ofall the production units. All other personnel is circulated withinthe project to avoid redundancy of events.

TheWork Break-down Structure (Graphical Illustration)

Making a music video

Start: 27th August 2016

End: 31st January,

Making the video


Music video promotion




Verification of the script into action

Selecting a proper venue for recording

Recording the music video

Adoption of the music concept with the graphic selected.

Playing of the music demo before the artists.

Rectifications to the music video.

Payment of the key players

Promoting the video on social and main media

Extending a promotional tour

Securing the microphone, recording tape, equipment rental tape copies, and the reference CDS.


Video production

27thAugust -21stSeptember: Four weeks project milestones concerning the recording.


First meeting with the team

27th August to 20th September 2016

he Critical Path for the Music Production Project

Fourweek period

Research is done

21st September to 25th October 2016

Fourweek period

Preparing interim report

26th October to 28th November 2016

Fourweek period

Fourweek period

Finalizing of the final draft project

29th November to 29th December 2016


Editing the final draft project

30th December to 30th January 2017

our week period

Presenting final project

31st January 2017

Fourweek period

Criticalpath arrow (shows direction of the project under the algorithm of thetime period


Asmuch as the work break down structure shows consistency in the flowof events, it is essential to bring in the critical path used in thedevelopment of the aforementioned project (Basavaraj &amp Shet2007). The critical path is a diagrammatic illustration of the eventof the project in a more systematic manner, including the importantmilestones that define the project. In the analysis of theproduction of the music video, aside from the three fundamentalfunction shown in the work breakdown structure, there are other jobsdone within the project that may be charged little significance inthe WBS (O Brien, 1965).

Thefirst task in the production is the recording of the video. Breakingdown this function yields seven other functions generally embedded inthis function in the graphical representation of the critical path.The first of the seven factions is the meeting of the team. Themeeting must take place within the period of 27THAugust and 20thSeptember. The second function in the recording period is conductingresearch (Hepworth-Sawyer &amp Golding 2010). During the researchperiod, the production company and the artist sit down and evaluatethe material they use alongside the teams they involve in the musicproduction. Any disagreements, revolving the team and the material,are resolved at this stage. The aforementioned details happen between21stSeptember and the 15thof October, 2016.

Thefour subsequent events run within the first period. These eventsinclude payment of the studio fee, cartage and transportation ofequipment, accommodation and laying of recording tapes in CD demos.

IssuesEvident in the Critical Path

Fromthe critical path designed, it is easy to point out that someprojects took longer to complete than the other. It is because theyrelied on the completion of other previous projects. There were somemishaps evolved in the video production stage that could only becompleted after the recording is done (O Brien 1965). In some projectcases, the longer path is taken to avoid collusions further along thepath. Such longer paths include the interim reports submitted between26thOctober and the 28thof November. Little or no projects were completed at this time toavoid dissatisfaction of the client (Hepworth-Sawyer &amp Golding,2010).

Thereare projects that ran parallel to one another, thus, limiting thenumber of staff members that would participate in one task andabandon the other tasks at which they are equally skilled.Conclusively, both projects are completed at equal time frames(Campbell, 2013)

Stepstaken to avoid the Issues along the Critical Path

Havingmentioned the critical factors encountered along the path, theproduction team hired extra skill regarding a bigger crew toaccommodate the parallel projects. However, such events cost more,thus inflating the original budget (Hepworth-Sawyer &amp Golding,2010). The interim report proves essential as it provides a go-aheadto the production team for the verification of the producer and theartist. In the case where the artist and the producer are notsatisfied with the events, they might fit in an alternative project.

AdditionalInformation that would have been provided by a PERT Chart

Summingup the details of the critical path, it is safe to assert that with aPERT chart as it would be easier to identify the parallel events thattook place in the project management. Moreover, analyzing theparallel events in the structure would be essential in identifyingwhich areas overlap regarding finances and the skills employed.

Fromthe analytical diagrams shown above, it is evident that the workbreakdown structure provides a proper procedure of the work definedin the projects with no definite chronological order. However, thecreation of a critical path ensures the order is followed strictly,as well as the timeline of the events indicated. Moreover, themilestones are a critical viewpoint for the critical path created.


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