Chapter 2

Defining the WBS

2.1 Overview

A project is made more manageable by breaking it down into individual components that together are known as a Work Breakdown Structure or WBS. Such a structure defines unique work elements that can be arranged and completed in the order defined by the network diagram: sequentially, in parallel, or in the specific order necessary to accomplish project outcomes. It facilitates other project management processes such as estimating, scheduling, resource allocation, risk analysis, and measurement and control of the project. The WBS represents a clear description of the project's deliverables and scope—the “what” of the project. It is not a description of a process or schedule that defines how or when the ...

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