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What are the 3 simple Work Breakdown Structure steps?

What are the 3 simple Work Breakdown Structure Steps to Create a comprehensive WBS for your Project?

Do you get that sinking feeling when it’s time to identify and set-out all the tasks in your project? You’re not alone; when you start a project the number and complexity of tasks can be overwhelming. And one of the reasons that projects fail is because important activities are inadvertently left out. Using 3 simple steps and applying this Work Breakdown structure training helps project managers organise and co-ordinate the multiple resources needed to achieve project goals.

Project managers use the work breakdown structure as a tool to reveal the scope of project work and to communicate the work and processes required to implement the project. Your work breakdown structure is the hierarchical breakdown of all work required to complete your project. Visually, think of it as a branched structure in which the sub- tasks at a lower level consist of all the work needed to complete the higher level tasks. It provides a view into the project which shows what work the project encompasses by identifying all the tasks and breaking the larger tasks down into a series of manageable and discrete sub-tasks.

If you follow these 3 simple steps to create a work Breakdown Structure you will be well on the way to accurately identifying and describing all the tasks required to complete your project.

A comprehensive work breakdown structure provides a sound foundation for your project. Although the examples refer to a construction project, the 3 simple steps to get your work breakdown structure right first time apply equally to any type of project, whether it is IT, marketing, financial, or even planning a holiday. Using the systematic process outlined in this Work Breakdown Structure training significantly increases your chances of including all project

tasks. It won’t guarantee that all the tasks are identified, but it is more reliable than any process in which tasks are identified randomly.

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About the Author

Vivian Kloosterman

Work Breakdown Structure stepsVivian’s career in professional engineering spanned 35 years of technical, business, management and governance experience. She draws on her industry experience to write articles that are practical and relevant to a wide range of readers. Her aim is to get you thinking and help you meet your continuing professional development requirements.Print


  1. Priyadharshinisays:December 16, 2017 at 12:41 amGood articleReply
  2. Bharat Nerkarsays:February 11, 2017 at 1:27 amgreat article, quite useful..Reply
  3. Sunil Yengkhomsays:March 5, 2016 at 2:33 amYour WBS step by step technique is unique. Please continue to provide such articles in future.Reply

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