Work Breakdown Schedule is a tabular timetable that includes project tasks grouped by project phases and organized into work packages to identify the amount of work the project team is expected to perform, and to specify the period of time available for the team to do their project tasks.
Work breakdown schedule is a kind of grid schedules that include a timeline with a grid of activities to be performed within definite durations. A great example of work breakdown schedule is Gantt chart which is widely used in many various projects.
Work breakdown schedule in a conventional project comprises the following components:
- Timeline with details on activity durations.
- Project activities that are planned for implementation.
- Key project phases and stages.
- Names of people assigned to project activities.
- Milestones or special marks on the timeline to show time and date set for checking activity status against the project baseline.
- Total amount of work effort required to do the project.