PROJECT MANAGERS: Learn a 4-step process to build a well-structured Work Breakdown Structure -- or WBS -- for your project... which can enable project teams to keep better track of critical project deliverables, reduce or eliminate any misconceptions about any specific project deliverables, and feel confident about where to start and how to tackle a large or complex project.
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When project teams don't take the time to build a well-structured Work Breakdown Structure -- or WBS -- for their project, they often move forward without a clear definition of the required deliverables and encounter problems such as:
* Losing track of critical deliverables that the team needs to produce for the project.
* Misconceptions about the meaning of a specific deliverable that's required for the project.
* Feeling overwhelmed at the large size or complexity of the project.
Problems like these can be prevented -- or at least greatly reduced -- by spending the time at the beginning of a project to develop a properly-structured WBS that enables project teams to:
* Understand the key project deliverables and their detailed components.
* Cross-reference the project deliverables between the project WBS, the project schedule, and a WBS dictionary.
* Understand the detailed definition of each project deliverable, as well as other information such as how it should be produced.
To build a Work Breakdown Structure for your project using Microsoft Word, follow these 4 steps:
* Start with the key project deliverables.
* Decompose the key deliverables into their detailed components.
* Assign unique WBS codes to each deliverable.
* Create a WBS dictionary which defines each deliverable.
If you follow these four steps to build a WBS for your project, then you should be able to:
* Keep better track of critical project deliverables.
* Reduce or eliminate any misconceptions about any specific project deliverables.
* Feel confident about where to start and how to tackle a large or complex project.
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