Work Breakdown Structure

What is a Work Breakdown Structure?

work breakdown structure is a hierarchical breakdown of all the work products that must be carried out by team members, in order for a project to achieve its various deliverables – and ultimately, to accomplish its objectives.

what is work breakdown structure

Key Benefits of a Work Breakdown Structure

  • Helps prevent work from “slipping through the cracks”
  • Streamlines and simplifies schedule development
  • Proactively identifies risks during the planning stage (e.g. unrealistic time estimates)
  • Facilitates project cost estimates and resource procurement/allocation
  • Enables team members to see how their contribution impacts the overall project
  • Enhances communication between the project team and external stakeholders
  • Establishes a visual, standard reference that can be referred to throughout the project