Situation: You're building a WBS and need a quick audit of what you're doing.
Project Headway tasks offer a lot of guidance in managing your projects. One popular feature of the process is "Questions you ask of yourself and others" within each task in the process. Define Work Breakdown Structure guides you through building a WBS for your project. These are the questions we've come up with for that task. Please let us know if you feel they are helpful and/or what's missing.
When defining your WBS, ask yourself the following questions:
- What type of WBS has been used on previous projects?
- Has the larger team been included in the development of the WBS?
- Do the activities at the lowest level result in a tangible work product?
- Is there tight integration within the branches of the WBS? Are the activities and deliverables related?
- Can the cost, schedule and resource needs be effectively estimated?
- Is it defined at a level that you can confidently and effectively manage at?
- Can you turn the WBS into a manageable project schedule?
- Have required deliverable review and approval cycles been included?
- Have transitional and transformational activities been included?
- Have the lessons learned from previous projects been reviewed for possible impacts on the plan or approach to this project?
Ask a trusted colleague or a key team member the same questions.