Creating the Work Breakdown Structure

The WBS is created in the planning process group. This process takes the project scope and breaks it down into smaller, more manageable components. In Chapter 5, we'll discuss the WBS, its purpose, and its creation. In order to create a WBS, you'll need the following:

• Organizational process assets

• Project scope statement

• Project scope management plan

• Approved change requests

As a result of creating the WBS, the project manager will get some extras, wanted or not:

• Project scope statement updates

• WBS dictionary (this defines all of the components within the WBS)

• Scope baseline

• Project scope management plan updates

• Change requests

EXAM TIP The WBS is a cornerstone to project management. If you're stumped on a question and one of the choices is WBS, go ahead and choose that. It may not always be the best choice, but I'd wager that it predominantly will be.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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