Project Activities are the smallest identifiable and measurable pieces of work planned for completion throughout a project. They aim to accomplish project work by converting available inputs into desired outputs, while consuming allocated resources. Project activity is often used as an alternative term to project task.
Activities are the framework for differentiating between various components of a project. In project management there is Activity-based Approach that assumes a project can be presented as a series of logically related, prioritized and sequenced activities that can be performed step-by-step or/and in parallel to complete project goals.
Activities divide project work into the smallest pieces to make it easier for project staff to understand what actions to do. Every activity is always associated with a definite interim goal or objective. Dependencies and interrelationships between several activities link these activities to each other and focus them on accomplishing one and the same goal or objective.
Activities of a project are always measurable, time-scaled and intended to produce certain results. They are characterized by the following items:
- Definite duration
- Logic relationships with other activities belonging to the same project
- Resource consumption