22 Example Work Breakdown Structures examples to download now (2024)

22 Work Breakdown Structure examples! WBS examples for a software project, construction projects, a conference, finding a job, selling a house, planning permission and other real projects. FREE to download in Visio and PDF format.

Breaking down the work is the first stage of project planning and essential for managing project scope. For more background read an introduction to work breakdown structures.
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Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) examples from real world projects

These WBS were created for real world projects by a qualified Project Manager (Prince 2 Practitioner, APM Practioner, MSP Practioner) with over 14 years experience.

Business Process Modelling (BPM) WBS

This is a work breakdown for BPM. It covers the phases in the BPM lifecycle: launch, design, modelling, develop or execution, implement and realise value and monitor. It includes modelling as-is and to-be processes, validating the processes, and testing. See a large image and download a visio or PDF of the WBS.
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Business acquisition Project

Includes migration of resourcing information, migration of project accounting, training, 100 days plan, communications policies and procedures.

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Contact Center Software Project

Includes testing, content creation, data import, training and solution configuration. Doesn't include Project Management activities.

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Download a Microsoft Project Schedule for a Software Implementation Project.

Construction Project WBS

This Work Breakdown Structure is for a Construction project. It represents the first step in scheduling, which is to breakdown the work. It includes site preparation, ground beams, flooring, brickwork, electricity, plumbing and finishes.
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Construction Repair works

Includes project definition, specification, design and tender, construction and project close.
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Download the MS Project schedule for this construction project

Estate Redevelopment Project

High level Construction for a redevelopment project WBS.

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Preparing a House for Sale

Focuses on tasks to smarten up the property ready for the first viewing. Pretty specific to the particular house sale only useful as an example.

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Finding a Job Work Breakdown Structure

Includes CV updating, interview prep, linkedin job alerts, engaging your network of contacts and a job requirements checklist. The WBS has 5 levels of decomposition the lowest level being preparing for several difficult, but common interview questions.

See a large image and download a visio or PDF of this WBS for finding a new job. See a Find a New Job Mind Map version.

Service Cloud deployment Work Breakdown Structure

Includes core configuration, locale specific settings, enablement, deployment of the agent desktop and plan and design phases.

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Software upgrade Work Breakdown Structure

Includes data migration, content and infrastructure migration, upgrade of customizations, configuration amendments, core functionality testing and deployment.

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Teacher Training Programme WBS

Materials, Conference and Website for a teacher training course.

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UAT testing Work Breakdown Structure

This is an example of a high-level work breakdown structure for User Acceptance Testing it includes training, roles, test sites and the testing tasks.

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Establish construction site

This is an example of a work breakdown structure for establishing a Construction site. Covers fit out, utilities, access road, security and clearing the site.

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Engineering project work breakdown - solar cell

Includes engineering, technical drawing, educating and enterprising: marketing budget.

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Planning Permission Work Breakdown

This example work breakdown structure is from a project to get planning permission. Includes consulting with the planning officer, drawings required and submission of the planning application.

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Other recommended WBS from real world examples

Building a Solar Vehicle

Covers Orientation, Analyzing, Development and Implementation phases of an engineering project to build a Solar Vehicle.

WBS of an Aircraft

Three level Work Breakdown Structure of an Aircraft System covering the aircraft, training, data, support equipment, site activation, spares and industrial facilities. By Mdd at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Work Breakdown Structure examples from Project Management books

Fulfillment Customer Data Projection WBS

Image from Jack Ferraro, Project Management for Non-Project Managers, Amacon, 2012. Covers Project Management, Regulations, Help desk process remediation, system development and communication.

WBS example from PMP exam review guide

Image from Kim Heldman; Vanina Mangano, PMP®: Project Management Professional Exam: Review Guide, Second Edition, Sybex, 2011

Work Breakdown Structure - managing people and projects

Image from Rudolf Melik, The Rise of the Project Workforce: Managing People and Projects in a Flat World, John Wiley & Sons

Work Breakdown Structure examples from Prince 2

Conference Work Breakdown

Using Prince 2 product base planning approach. Covers venue selection, delegate arrangements, publicity, handout pack and structure and format of the day. Image file from Prince 2. Managing Projects with Prince2, 2009, OGC

Conference Mindmap work breakdown structure

Using Prince 2 product based planning approach. Covers conference logistics, venue, attendees, delegate handouts, publicity and speakers. Image file from Prince 2 2009. Managing Projects with Prince2, 2009, OGC

Work Breakdown Structure for stage plan

Prince 2 example for 'ITT' stage plan. Covers business requirements, procurement process information, suppliers, and measurement i..e selection criteria. Image file from Prince 2 2009. Managing Projects with Prince2, 2009, OGC.

Example work breakdown structures - references and further reading

Office of Government Commerce (2009), Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2: 2009 Edition, London: TSO.

Rudolf Melik, (2015).The Rise of the Project Workforce: Managing People and Projects in a Flat World, John Wiley [&] Sons.

Work Breakdown Structure resources and Templates

Mind map WBS - an example for a BPM project

WBS template in Excel

WBS Checklist

WBS template online

WBS Dictionary

22 Example Work Breakdown Structures examples to download now (2024)
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