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At the completion of iteration planning, or whenever a change is needed, the Project Manager uses the work order to turn planning into action. The work order is a negotiated agreement between the Project Manager and the staff to perform a particular activity, or set of activities, under a defined schedule and with certain deliverables, effort, and resource constraints.
2. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) identification
4. Associated Change Requests
6. Effort and other resources
7. Description of work and expected outputs
8. Indication of agreement between Project Manager and responsible staff
Work orders may be issued any time the Project Manager needs to initiate work on the project. Usually this occurs at the beginning of an iteration (after iteration planning) and whenever an approved Change Request is passed to the Project Manager for action. The Project Manager may also use the work order to initiate problem and issue resolution work for which no Change Request is required (because it falls within the discretionary authority of the Project Manager).
The Role: Project Manager is responsible for the work order.
The work order is the mechanism by which the Project Manager communicates plans to project members. On small projects this could be as simple as discussing a plan on a whiteboard and then confirming agreements through e-mail. On large, very structured projects perhaps some form of automated activity management is used, where the Project Manager injects formal directions that appear to the team members in to-do lists (maybe with some protocol for agreement).
Another option is to use an automated change request management system,
extended so that all work on a project (not just defects) is described in
change requests, and the directions to perform work are implemented as actions
(through, say email, or through an integration with an automated activity
management system) that are triggered by state changes in the change request