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Work Package

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Work Packages are a way for the Project Manager to group work activities together and assign work to a team or Team Manager to produce one or more products. A Work Package is therefore a set of information about one or more required products. A Work Package can contain the following: a Work Package description, product descriptions, techniques to be used, tolerances, date of agreement between PM and TM, how the TM will report to the PM, and Quality information.


A Work Package is a set of information about one or more required products collated by the Project Manager to pass responsibility for work or delivery formally to a Team Manager or team member.

A Work Package is derived from any existing commercial agreements between the customer and supplier (if appropriate); Quality Management Approach ; Change Control Approach ; Stage Plan; etc.

A Work Package can take a number of formats, including: Document; Oral conversation between the Project Manager and a Team Manager; Entry in a project management tool. The Work Package will vary in content and in degree of formality, depending on circumstances. Where the work is being conducted by a team working directly under the Project Manager, the Work Package may be an oral instruction - although there are good reasons for putting it in writing, such as avoidance of misunderstanding and providing a link to performance assessment ( Progress ). Where the work is being carried out by a supplier under a contract and the Project Manager is part of the customer organization, there is a need for a formal written instruction in line with standards laid down in that contract.

The following quality criteria should be observed:

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