Project Management Institute Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures
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Project Management Institute Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures



FOREWORD

On behalf of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Board of Directors, I am pleased to present PMI’s first practice standard, the Project Management Institute Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures. The Project Management Institute Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures is an important step in PMI’s continuing commitment to define the body of knowledge supporting the project management profession, and to develop standards for its application.

The dedicated volunteers who worked on PMI’s Ethics, Standards, and Accreditation (ESA) Project first distilled the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) in 1983. Building on that work, PMI published the PMBOK® Standards in 1987. The publication of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – 1996 Edition continued the evolution. Today the PMBOK® Guide – 2000 Edition is an American National Standard and the de facto global standard for project management.

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It has been PMI’s intent for many years to supplement the information in the PMBOK® Guide by providing both industry-specific extensions and practice standards that guide the practice of the profession through more in-depth information on the listed inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs. The Project Management Institute Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures is the first such practice standard. It provides guidance in the initial generation, subsequent development, and application of the Work Breakdown Structure. Finally, I would like to thank the project team, led by Kim Colenso, who worked so diligently to bring this standard to fruition.

Dedicated and competent volunteers have always been the backbone of PMI’s success, and this publication is yet another example. The primary objectives of the Project Management Institute Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures are to provide a common ground for understanding the concepts and benefits of the WBS, and to present a standard application of the WBS as a project management tool. The intent is to encourage the consistent development of the WBS as a project management tool and, as a result, improve the planning and control of projects.

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PREFACE

This Project Management Institute Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures provides guidance in the initial generation, subsequent development, and application of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). The target audience for this standard includes project managers, project team members, contract personnel, and others who participate or have an interest in any aspect of the management of projects. In using this Practice Standard, it must be recognized that as projects vary, so may the resulting WBSs. There are, however, certain universal principles that this Practice Standard addresses.

The Project Management Institute Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures is consistent with the current release of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – 2000 Edition. The Practice Standard also includes information derived from accepted project management industry sources. The Project Management Institute Standards Program will periodically update the Project Management Institute Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures as part of the planned evolution of the standards documents. Your comments are both requested and welcome.


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