22 Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) - download FREE in PDF & Visio

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 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

Example WBS for bpm - thumbnail 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. Read more on BPM.

Business acquisition Project

Example WBS for a business acquisition - thumbnailIncludes migration of resourcing information, migration of project accounting, training, 100 days plan, communications policies and procedures. See a large image and download a visio or PDF of this WBS.


Contact Centre Software Project

Example work breakdown for a contact centre software project Includes testing, content creation, data import, training and solution configuration. Doesn't include Project Management activities. See a large image and download a visio or PDF of this WBS.

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Construction Repair works

WBS example - construction repair works Includes project definition, specification, design and tender, construction and project close. See a large image and download a visio or PDF of this WBS

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Estate Redevelopment Project

Example WBS for a redevelopment project - thumbnail High level Construction for a redevelopment project WBS. Download Visio file. This is an MS Visio file you will need MS Visio or a Visio viewer to see this WBS. Download a PDF version instead - Estate Redevelopment Construction Project in PDF

Preparing a House for Sale

WBS example selling a house 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. Download Visio file - this is a Microsoft Visio file you will need MS Visio or a Visio viewer to see this WBS. Download a PDF version instead - Work breakdown for Preparing a House for Sale in PDF.

Finding a Job Work Breakdown Structure

WBS example finding a new job Includes CV updating, interview prep, linkedin job alerts, and job checklist.

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Service Cloud deployment Work Breakdown Structure

WBS example for service cloud deployment 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

WBS example for Software upgrade Includes data migration, content and infrastructure migration, upgrade of customisations, configuration amendments, core functionality testing and deployment.

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Teacher Training Programme WBS

WBS Example - Teacher Training Materials, Conference and Website for a teacher training course. Download Visio file - this is a Microsoft Visio file you will need MS Visio or a Visio viewer to see this WBS. Download a PDF version instead - Teacher Training WBS in PDF

UAT testing Work Breakdown Structure

WBS example UAT testing 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

WBS example -  establish construction site This is an example of a work breakdown structure for establshing a Construction site. Covers fitout, utilities, access road, security and clearing the site.

Download Visio file. This is an MS Visio file you will need MS Visio or a Visio viewer to see this WBS. Download a PDF version instead - Construction Site Work Breakdown Structure in PDF

Engineering project work breakdown - solar cell

WBS example - solar cell Includes engineering, technical drawing, educating and enterprising: marketing, budget.

Download Visio file. This is an MS Visio file you will need MS Visio or a Visio viewer to see this WBS. Download a PDF version instead - Solar Work Breakdown Structure in PDF

Planning Permission Work Breakdown

WBS example - getting planning permissionThis 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

Work Breakdown Structure Covers Orientation, Analyzing, Development and Implementation phases of an engineering project to build a Solar Vehicle. By Illumination (team Illumination's work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

WBS of Aircraft System

Work Breakdown Structure of Aircraft System Three level Work Breakdown Structure of an Aircraft System covering. 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

Work breakdown structure for data protection

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

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

work breakdown structure from project managemnet book 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

WBS prince 2 example for a conference 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

WBS prince 2 example mindmap format

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

Work breakdown structure example for a prince 2 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.
 
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