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Introduction: Dividing complex projects to simpler and manageable tasks is the process identified as Work Breakdown Structure (WBS...

An Introduction to Work Breakdown Structure


Introduction:
Dividing complex projects to simpler and manageable tasks is the process identified as Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

Usually, the project managers use this method for simplifying the project execution. In WBS, much larger tasks are broken-down to manageable chunks of work. These chunks can be easily supervised and estimated.

Work Breakdown Structure:

In project management and systems engineering, is a deliverable-oriented decomposition of a project into smaller components.

A work breakdown structure element may be a product, data, a service, or any combination. A WBS also provides the necessary framework for detailed cost estimating and control along with providing guidance for schedule development and control.
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How WBS helps manager:

  • Facilitates evaluation of cost, time, and technical performance of the organization on a project. 
  • Provides management with information appropriate to each organizational level. 
  • Helps in the development of the organization. breakdown structure which assigns project responsibilities to organizational units and individuals 
  • Helps manager plan, schedule, and budget. 
  • Defines communication channels and assists in coordinating the various project elements.
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