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Secrets to Mastering the WBS in Real World Projects, 2nd Edition by Liliana Buchtik

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chapter 12

Can You Use the WBS in Agile Projects?

“The WBS is used for the project as a whole while components created with agile methods fit in a Product WBS inside the Project WBS.”- Liliana Buchtik

The title of this chapter is a question I am asked often times in my WBS book workshops. Many people think those two concepts, WBS and Agile, are incompatible, and that is not true. I have used the WBS in projects where part of the project scope was delivered in increments via agile methodologies. The PMBOK Guide says: “The planning for the next iteration is carried out as work progresses on the current iteration's scope and deliverables.” This means the PMBOK Guide is not against the use of agile methods and it does consider the possibility ...

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