2021-08-22 12:22

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) viewed directly in the Gantt Chart

In MS Project, custom WBS Code definition can be automated by combining Outline Codes that are already part of the definition of the planned project tasks. This minimises data entry effort and errors.

Here is an example to illustrate how tasks are related to the WBS, and viewed together on the same page. This is only available through such customisation.

The WBS Levels are separated by colons “:” or dashes “-” as per below table, which shows where the activity to “Order Street Lights” for a Bridge Project fits within the WBS.

Level

eg. WBS D:C:0-11:E-C:0(49)

Represents

In this example

0

D:

Project

Bridge Project

1

C:

Stage

Implementation

2

0-

Substage

Procurement

3

11:

Element

Services

4

E-

Subelement

Electrical

5

C:0

Organisation (within Project Hierarchy)

General Contractor

6

(49)

Activity ID

Order Street Lights

Other information such as work effort can also be viewed to validate the “100% rule”.

WBS Levels 0, 1, 2 explained

WBS Levels 3, 4 explained

WBS Levels 5,6 explained

In summary, this greatly simplifies and automates the creation of the WBS as well as enabling the visualisation of the link between project activities and the WBS.

Thanks for reading and please let me know any questions.


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