Create Work Breakdown Structure (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition)

Existing project managers pursuing certification in recognition of their skills and experience, or others training to become accredited project managers


Expected Duration
64 minutes

In order for projects to be successful, a project manager must use planning techniques that define project objectives in sufficient detail. Projects can quickly get out of control if the project plans aren’t detailed. A project’s work breakdown structure (WBS) provides the foundation for defining work as it relates to the project objectives and breaking it down to an adequate level of detail. The WBS also provides a structure for managing the work to completion. This course will highlight the importance of the WBS and how it relates to the overall success of a project. Through interactive learning strategies and real-life scenarios, the learner will explore these concepts and gain a better understanding of the project management processes related to creating and verifying a WBS. This course will cover the project inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs of the Create WBS process, the fourth process in the Project Scope Management Knowledge Area. This course will assist in preparing learners for the PMI® certification exam. This course is aligned with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Inc., 2013. Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI®.


Creating and Using a WBS

  • describe ways in which a work breakdown structure can be useful when planning and managing a project
  • recognize how to organize the layers of a work breakdown structure
  • identify inputs to the Create WBS process
  • order the steps of the decomposition process
  • recognize principles to apply when decomposing project deliverables
  • identify the work package characteristics that are confirmed during WBS verification
  • identify the sign that a work breakdown structure has been finalized
  • recognize the role of the WBS dictionary in a project’s scope baseline
  • identify the components of the scope baseline
  • demonstrate your understanding of the Create WBS process





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