Defining WBS Quality
What is a quality WBS? The PMBOK® Guide—Third Edition (Chapter 8) considers quality to involve the “the degree to which a set of inherent characteristics fulfills requirements.” This includes the ideas of conformance to requirements and fitness for use; that is, the ability to satisfy the purpose for which the item (in this case, a WBS) was intended. (See Chapter 3 of this WBS Practice Standard for the uses, purpose, and importance of the WBS.) To state that a particular WBS is of high quality, one must agree that the WBS has been created so that it satisfies the purpose for which it was created.
There are two basic principles that govern the quality of a WBS. This chapter will describe these principles ...