Process of subdividing project deliverables and project work into smaller, more manageable components. The key benefit of of this effort is provides a structured vision of what has to be delivered during the Define Phase.
Subdividing project deliverables and project work into smaller, more manageable components.
The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is a hierarchical decomposition of the total scope of work to be carried out by the project team to accomplish the project objectives and create the required deliverables. The WBS organizes and defines the total scope of the project, and represents the work specified in the current approved project scope statement.
The planned work is contained within the lowest level of WBS components, which are called work packages. A work package can be used to group the activities where work is scheduled and estimated, monitored, and controlled. In the context of the WBS, work refers to work products or deliverables that are the result of activity and not to the activity itself.