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Tools – Work Breakdown Structure

January 14, 2010

This week and next week we discuss Work Breakdown Structures in the Project Management Essentials Class.  Work Breakdown Structures or WBS are the foundation of the project plan.  The WBS takes the requirements and scope of a project and breaks it down into work packages.  This is a key concept in project management and for the certification exams.  I have listed some supplementary articles below.  I will be revisiting and refining this topic over time.

Article from 4PM describes differences in WBS depending on size of project

http://www.4pm.com/articles/work_breakdown_structure.htm

Three Part Article from Brighthub

Part 1 http://www.brighthub.com/office/project-management/articles/2645.aspx

Part 2 http://www.brighthub.com/office/project-management/articles/2940.aspx

Part 3 http://www.brighthub.com/office/project-management/articles/2979.aspx

Article from Project Smart

http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/work-breakdown-structure-purpose-process-pitfalls.html

Templates:

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/7322709/Work-Breakdown-Structure-Template

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/4131351/Work-Breakdown-Structure-with-Budget-and-Project-Work-Package

Okay, I found another article:

http://www.hyperthot.com/pm_wbs.htm

And a paper from a PMI Congress:

http://ca.com/files/WhitePapers/fried_wbs__pmi_global_congress_202925.pdf

That is my final answer for now!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Ballou permalink
    April 8, 2011 10:26 am

    The link for part 3 of the Three Part Article from Brighthub should be the following:
    http://www.brighthub.com/office/project-management/articles/2979.aspx

    Currently parts 2 and 3 link to the same page.

    Thanks for providing all the great resources!

    • April 8, 2011 6:38 pm

      Good eye, Matt. Thanks for catching that. I have updated the link.
      Margaret

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