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Understand and apply new concepts regarding Work BreakdownStructures

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) has emerged as a foundationalconcept and tool in Project Management. It is an enabler thatensures clear definition and communication of project scope whileperforming a critical role as a monitoring and controlling tool.Created by the three experts who led the development of PMI'sPractice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures, Second Edition,this much-needed text expands on what the standard covers anddescribes how to go about successfully implementing the WBS withinthe project life cycle, from initiation and planning throughproject closeout.

Filling the gap in the literature on the WBS, Work BreakdownStructures: The Foundation for Project Management Excellence givesthe reader an understanding of:

  • The background and key concepts of the WBS

  • WBS core characteristics, decomposition, representations, andtools

  • Project initiation and the WBS, including contracts, agreements,and Statements of Work (SOW)

  • Deliverable-based and activity-based management

  • Using the WBS as a basis for procurement and financialplanning

  • Quality, risk, resource, and communication planning with theWBS

  • The WBS in the executing, monitoring, and controlling phases

  • New concepts regarding the representation of project and programscope

  • Verifying project closeout with the WBS

Using a real-life project as an example throughout the book, theauthors show how the WBS first serves to document and collectinformation during the initiating and planning phases of a project.Then, during the executing phase, the authors demonstrate how theWBS transitions to an active role of project decision-support,serving as a reference and a source for control andmeasurement.

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