Comprehensive WBS Tutorials
Definition of WBS
WBS is short for Work Breakdown Structure. It is a hierarchical and incremental decomposition of the project into phases, deliverables and work packages. In WBS, tasks are illustrated to portray their relationships to each other and to the project as a whole. WBS helps you analyze and divide your project into work packages and dependencies by providing a common framework for the natural development of the overall planning and control of a project.
Benefits of WBS
The following benefits are a few reasons for creating a WBS in a project.
- Accurate and readable project organization.
- Accurate assignment of responsibilities to the project members.
- Show the project milestones and control points visually.
- Helps to estimate the cost, time and risk for better decision making.
You don't need to make a work breakdown structure diagram all by hand. Edraw Max provides an approach to visually and graphically create, edit and modify WBS diagram with pre-drawn symbols. A Work Breakdown Structure could be done in just minutes. Then you can output the diagram to different formats like PDF and other graphic formats.
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Vector WBS Symbols
Edraw offers you lots of special shapes used in the WBS diagrams, such as main task, sub task, major connector, curve connector, arc connector and line connector. All these WBS shapes will be good assistants for you when drawing the WBS diagrams. They are all editable in vector format, which support scaling up or down from 400% to 10%.
How to Draw WBS Diagram
In the Project Management category, double click the work breakdown structure template, then drag and drop the shapes you need. Enter text by double clicking the shapes. Adjust the shapes through the selection or control handles according to your need. With the help of Edraw smart tools, you can also customize and design your drawing with free templates. See a more detailed guide on page How to Create WBS Diagram.
WBS Diagram Examples
For the good of novice users, we provide a ready-made wbs template. Thus, users of any level can create professional-looking diagrams.
This is a WBS of R&D department. It is a well-formatted template presented to help users quickly design a quality WBS diagram. You can change the font, fill and line style at once by choosing another theme.