Chapter 3

Importance of the WBS

3.1 Overview

A WBS can not alone ensure project success, but consider that the WBS does the following:

  • Defines all the work of the project, and only the work of the project, thereby clarifying the project scope
  • Reflects the input from all team members to ensure buy-in
  • Provides the baseline for subsequent change control
  • Is a primary input to other project management processes—for example, resource planning, cost estimating, schedule development, and risk identification
  • Provides the framework for project control, performance monitoring, and the foundation for communication with all stakeholders
  • Ensures the work of the project correlates appropriately with the Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM) and the Organizational ...

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