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Work Breakdown Structure Best Practices

A Work Breakdown Structure is a tool used in project management showing a breakdown of a project into smaller, more manageable components.

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Description of Work Breakdown Structure

The concept of Work Breakdown Structure was developed by the United States Department of Defense for use in its missile program. It is a graphic representation of a project usually shown in “tree” form similar to an organizational chart or family tree. The primary objective is shown at the top, with the smaller components making up the project as the “branches” below. The project manager first defines the key objectives of the project, then identifies the tasks below each objective.

A Work Breakdown Structure will look like a flowchart when completed, with each element of the project shown in detail in a box connected to the central project at the top. A well-structured Work Breakdown Structure helps the company with resource allocation, budgeting, scheduling, risk management, and quality control.

Praxie's Online Work Breakdown Structure Tools & Templates

Specific tools and templates used in creating a Work Breakdown Structure typically include spreadsheets, graphs, and visual charts that depict branches from one work stream to another.  Get started with our Work Breakdown Structure template. 

How to use it: 

  1. Review the template and think about your tasks from a step-by-step perspective. 
  2. List each of those steps or micro-actions and complete the table with the required information.  
  3. Provide updates as needed. 

Praxie’s online Work Breakdown Structure collaboration tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms to create their Action Items and define tasks. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.