Web Project Template Files: Project Definition and Start Up Authors: Sonia Kay, Econsultancy and other expert contributors Title: Work Breakdown Structure
About this Guide
A WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) also called a Product Breakdown Structure (PBS) under the Prince2 methodology, is a way of organising all the products / deliverables within a project into their component parts, as part of the process of estimating work effort and assigning resource.
The products or outputs of the project are organised in a hierarchical way with their component parts aligned underneath them. Going through this process will often serve to highlight sub-tasks or deliverables that may otherwise have been inadvertently overlooked!
Before documenting your WBS or PBS a clever way to map it out is using the Project Manager’s best friend, post-it notes, to organise each item of work in its appropriate grouping.
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