Work Breakdown Structures
Work breakdown structures are results-oriented and capture all of the work associated with successfully completing a project in an organized manner. A graphic (below) of a hierarchical tree provides a visual of the tasks and separate categories. MindView WBS software allows you to add calculation fields to track cost or budget, and it includes project management capabilities that allow you to create task lists and Gantt charts from your WBS. MindView provides six interchangeable views, enabling you to create a WBS Structure in a top down or left-to-right layout and then transfer information directly to the built-in Gantt chart.
Complex projects are simplified by organizing progressively smaller tasks that are grouped into categories. Using work breakdown structures provides a framework for how the tasks are organized and the work is managed.
Project managers typically break down deliverables into smaller tasks. The size of the tasks may depend on predetermined rules according to the scope and type of project. For example, a predetermined rule could be two weeks, where any task that is broken down should take two weeks to complete. The predetermined rule could also apply to tasks that take eight hours to complete.