Chapter 9. Preventing Scope Creep: The Work Breakdown Structure and WBS Dictionary

<feature><title>Goals of This Chapter</title>

Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:

<objective>

Explain how to create a work breakdown structure (WBS)

</objective>
<objective>

Describe the business value of using a WBS

</objective>
<objective>

Understand common problems with the WBS

</objective>
<objective>

Define the elements that make up a WBS dictionary

</objective>
<objective>

Identify the ways a WBS dictionary is used

</objective>
</feature>

We don’t manage a project. We manage the small pieces. The work breakdown structure is the foundation of everything we do to organize the project. It is created during the beginning of the planning process. It ia ...

Get PM Crash Course™ for IT Professionals now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.