Work Breakdown Structure Example: Work Breakdown Structure Levels Template

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.

Benefits of Work Breakdown Structure

Work breakdown structure (or WBS) is a hierarchical tree structure that outlines your project and breaks it down into smaller, more manageable portions. It is a useful way to divide and conquer large projects so you can get things done faster and more efficiently.

The work breakdown structure has a number of benefits in addition to defining and organizing the project work. By allocating time and cost estimates to specific sections of the work breakdown structure, a project schedule and budget can be quickly developed. As the project executes, specific sections of the work breakdown structure can be tracked to identify project cost performance and identify issues and problem areas in the project organization.

The benefits of creating a WBS include:

  • it provides a visual of entire scope
  • it defines and organizes the work required
  • it facilitates the quick development of a schedule by allocating effort estimates to specific sections of the WBS
  • it can be used to identify potential scope risks if it has a branch that is not well defined
  • it can show control points and milestones
  • it provides a tool for team brainstorming and collaboration

Work Breakdown Structure is often used in conjunction of other breakdown structures such as cost, risk or resources and etc.

  • it provides a way to estimates project costs
  • it can assist with resource allocation
  • it can help to identify risks associated with the tasks or activities

How to create a Work Breakdown Structure?

Work Breakdown Structure can be easily created using a professional Work Breakdown Structure software like Visual Paradigm Online:

  1. Create a new Work Breakdown Structure.
  2. Construct the 'tree'.
  3. When you finished, you can save the diagram (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 friends or co-workers.

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