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Work breakdown structure 2

A good work breakdown structure should follow some basic rules to fit to the ideas of the donor organizations.

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The WBS contains all of the work in terms of the work to be completed!

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Make sure that there is no overlap between to elements! Otherwise, cost calculation will be difficult and there will be miscommunication and work doubling.

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If you write action oriented details in your WBS, there will be not enough or too much information. So it is better to present only expected results.

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The questions when to stop dividing elements in smaller ones is important for the WBS. These to rules may help you:

  1. One single action should not take more than 80 hours
  2. A single action or a series of actions should not be longer then a single reporting period.
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A working package at the activity level should:

  1. be realistic
  2. be atomic (not to be meaningfully divided)
  3. produce a measurable outcome
  4. a unique package, which can be outsourced
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A elements should be coded correspondingly to the level of hierarch.

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In your WBS, the lowest elements in a hierarchy are termal elements, wich are not subdivided. They will be used for the calculation of resource requirements.

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