The Absolute Minimum

At this point, you should have a solid understanding of the following:

• A WBS is a logical breakdown of all the work to be performed by the project.

• A WBS is neither the project schedule nor the project plan.

• The WBS should be developed with the project team.

• The WBS is a vital tool to the project manager.

• Avoid judging a current work process or the people involved before you understand why it is done this way or how it evolved to the current point.

• How to avoid the common challenges and issues with WBS development.

• The WBS is the foundation for developing a realistic schedule, determining project resource needs, and figuring an accurate project budget.

• The work packages included in the WBS should be detailed enough to support effective management and control.

• The maximum size of a WBS work package should correspond to the standard reporting period for the project.

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