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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Project Management, 5th Edition by G. Michael Campbell PMP, G. Michael Campbell, Sunny Baker

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Breaking Your Project into Bite-Sized Pieces

Often taking the form of a tree diagram or an outline, a WBS is a hierarchical chart used to organize the project’s required activities into related areas. You can also use the completed WBS for budgeting and personnel-selection purposes as well as scheduling (see Chapter 11) and network diagramming (see Chapter 10).
Organization is crucial in the WBS. On a large project, organizing related areas into milestones or subprojects makes it easier to visualize the overall project without getting into the details.
In a WBS, a project breaks down into the following levels:
• The total project
• Subprojects if the project is a complicated one
• Milestones that summarize the completion of an important set ...

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