What Is a WBS Exactly

As I mentioned in Chapter 1, "Project Management Overview," project management is not "brain surgery" and does not require advanced logic and reasoning skills to achieve winning results (see author for great example of this). In most cases, the disciplines and terms used in project management are very "common sense" and obvious in nature. A WBS is a classic case. As the terms defining the acronym indicate, a WBS is logical "breakdown" (decomposition) and representation (hierarchical "structure") of the "work" required by the project.

A WBS can take one of two forms: graphical or outline. See Figures 6.1 and 6.2 for examples of each.

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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