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1. What does a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) “break down?”
Project costs are broken down into the departments where they are charged.
Project deliverables are broken down into tasks and activities.
The structural elements of the project facility and equipment are broken down for inventory and tracking purposes.
2. Why would a project manager choose to change a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) from the standard template provided within the project management methodology?
The project manager wants to organize the WBS based upon the approach that he or she will be using to manage and track the work of the project.
The project manager should not alter the WBS structure.
The project manager would change the WBS to facilitate the use of new project management software.
3. What is the principle to be used when deciding how many levels deep a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) should be “broken down” to?
Break down all tasks and activities within the WBS to tasks of no more than 8 hours of duration so that a task or activity will have a status update every day.
Break down tasks and activities in the WBS to the level at which the project core team will be managing and reporting on during project meetings.
Use the WBS breakdown provided with the WBS template in the project management methodology. That is the correct level for each task.
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