Classification system for the elements in the work breakdown structure.
Work breakdown structure (= WBS)¶
Work breakdown structure (= WBS)
Systematic breakdown of a project into sub-tasks and work packages. The WBS can be in chart or table form, object-oriented, process-oriented, function-oriented, phase-oriented or combined.
Work breakdown structure, object-oriented¶
Work breakdown structure, object-oriented
Systematic breakdown of the project deliverable into sub-projects (= objects) (e.g. in construction according to craftsmen's tasks).
Work breakdown structure, process-oriented¶
Work breakdown structure, process-oriented
Systematic breakdown of a project into processes (e.g. development, job scheduling, production processes).
Work in progress (= WIP)¶
Work in progress (= WIP)
Tool for limiting the work speed as well as optimising the workflow within the Kanban method.
Work package (= WP)¶
Work package (= WP)
An aspect of the project that is not broken down any further in the work breakdown structure (WBS) and can be located at any of the hierarchical levels. Its purpose is to ensure the manageable bundling of tasks relating to specification/ call to tender - bid - order/ contract - implementation - invoicing. A work package is the smallest unit in a WBS which describes the activities to accomplish a certain task. Beside these activities, an estimation of the duration and the costs are written down. Ideally it is defined as a closed-end performance element, deviating from another and linked to other WPs in a clear and straightforward way and assigned to least one work package owner.
Work package description¶
Work package description
A detailed document with all relevant information about the work package (e.g. person responsible, WP content, dates, breakdown of activities/ tasks).
Work package owner (= WPO)¶
Work package owner (= WPO)
Responsible for the WP. The WPO is named in the work package description, is part of the project management team. He reports to project management on progress and is in charge of preparing a detailed work package description (e.g. activities that must be performed for realisation).