Work Breakdown Structure Example: Product Breakdown Structure for Computer

The best way to understand Work Breakdown Structure is to look at some examples of Work Breakdown Structure and start drawing your own. You can now modify the Work Breakdown Structure example below using Visual Paradigm's online Work Breakdown Structure tool.

Product Breakdown (PBS) vs Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Product Breakdown Structures and Work Breakdown Structures look very similar and both have important roles to play in the project planning and control process.

  • The PBS precedes the WBS and focuses on cataloguing all the desired outputs (products) needed to achieve the goal of the project.
  • In contrast to the PBS the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) provides a hierarchical structure of project activity. If you like it represents the project 'to do list'. Its focus is on 'work' not 'things'.

The PBS should give project teams a clear understanding of each product, its components, and requirements of those components. Typically, the lowest level of the PBS should contain products for which a specific product engineer is responsible.

This feeds into creation of the WBS, which identifies the tasks and activities required to deliver those outputs. Thus, the BS defines where you want to go, the WBS tells you how to get there".

How to draw a Product Breakdown Structure?

You can easily create Product Breakdown Structure using a quality Product Breakdown Structure software like VP Online Diagrams:

  1. Create a Product Breakdown Structure.
  2. Construct the 'tree'.
  3. Once your diagram is complete, you can save it (File > Save as) to our cloud repository for future access. You can also export your work into image (JPG, PNG, PDF, SVG, etc) and share it with your co-workers.

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