chapter 3

What Are the 4 Typical Confusions about the WBS?

“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.” - Frank Herbert1

There's a list of real stories I could share with you about moments when I talked with different professionals about the WBS and realized they were very confused about the true concept and value of it. Now that I've summarized some of the benefits of the WBS, I'll present the four most common misconceptions about the WBS that I've observed among project managers and stakeholders. I'll share these misconceptions by recounting real-life stories.

 

STORY 1: CONFUSING THE WBS WITH WORK SEQUENCING

I once visited the exhibitor's area of an important project management event and found a local ...

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