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Project Management, Sixth Edition by G. Michael Campbell

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CHAPTER9

The Breakdown of Work

In This Chapter

  • Understanding the work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Reasons you should break a project into work packages
  • The right WBS levels for your project
  • Identifying the dependencies for task completion

Project managers use a tool called a work breakdown structure (WBS) to break larger activities into smaller, more manageable components. Only after you’ve established the basic milestones for a project can the real work breakdown begin: putting together a WBS. This chapter shows you how to do so.

Breaking Your Project into Bite-Sized Pieces

Often taking the form of a tree diagram or an outline, a WBS is a hierarchical ...

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