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In no particular order:
1. Ensuring the right SMEs are involved
2. Ensuring we haven't forgotten something critical
3. Ensuring we don't decompose deliverables beyond our confidence horizon - rolling wave planning is one way to avoid that
4. Resisting the temptation from participants in the WBS workshop to jump right into scheduling
5. Convincing SMEs and stakeholders of the value in preparing a WBS!
And its should be updated as agenda meeting to ensure the actual work as per WBS
1. Culture resistance to change
2. Lack of experience and knowledge within PMOs
3. Getting all to agree on structure and level of detail
4. Updating as required (rolling wave)
5. Contractors lack of knowledge, experience, and discipline
- Stakeholders don't understand all the places a WBS is utilized, and fail to respect its importance.
- Some taxonomies fit certain functions better than others, and finding the balance can be difficult.
- For those areas that don't align well to the WBS, some kind of "decoder-ring" is required for alignment.
- Some levels of the taxonomy can get too broad to fit the numbering system and adding new branches fits poorly with the overall tiered structure.
- Developing an organizational structure when the scope and specifics such as technical approach are still unknown in places
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