Work Breakdown Structure WBS

Work Breakdown Structure - WBS 101

What is Work Breakdown Structure?

The building blocks of a project schedule start with a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). The WBS is a hierarchical reflection of all the work in the project in terms of deliverables. In order to produce these deliverables, work must be performed.

WBS is a hierarchical and incremental decomposition of the project into phases, deliverables and work packages. It is a tree structure, which shows a subdivision of effort required to achieve an objective; for example a program, project, and contract.

Work Breakdown Structure
Work Breakdown Structure - WBS Chart Example

Creating a Work Breakdown Structure is a team effort and is the culmination of multiple inputs and perspectives for the given project. One effective technique is to organize a brainstorming session with the various departments that will be involved with the project. Project teams can use Gantt Excel to identify major deliverables, sub-deliverables for a project.

The goal of a Work Breakdown Structure is to clarify the division of tasks and the accompanying responsibilities. In addition, it gives a good overview of the scheduling of each individual activity and the total duration of the project.

Infinity Excel has created an automated work breakdown structure template that will create beautiful WBS charts from plans that you create in Gantt Excel.

You can download WBS Creator Excel Template from the link below.

WBS Creator

The key benefit to WBS Creator  is its ease-of-use translating work breakdown structures from Gantt Excel into high-level project schedules. A natural extension of the work breakdown structure is the project schedule. 

The WBS provides the foundation for all project management work, including, planning, cost and effort estimation, resource allocation, and scheduling.

Therefore, one should take creating WBS as a critical step in the process of project management.