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Developing and Applying Effective Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)

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About This Course

Whether you are a novice project manager or an experienced practitioner, developing effective Work Breakdown Structures during the initial planning phase is crucial for your project. A poorly constructed WBS can result in many adverse project and program outcomes. In this engaging course, our SME Eric Norman presents the complex topic of developing and applying Work Breakdown Structures in a way that is easy to understand and communicate. The course also includes handy downloadables and a quiz to assess your progress throughout the course. As an added bonus, this course is aligned with the globally accepted Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structure.

This course is included in Eric Norman’s Series, Preparing Project and Program Leaders for Organizations of the Future. It is also available in the PDU Passport, our all-access pass to every InSite PDU course.


  • Introduction
  • Definitions & Fundamentals
  • WBS vs. Project Schedule
  • WBS Rules
  • Building Sample WBSs
  • Guiding Principles
  • Applying the WBS
  • Scope Relationships
  • Foundation Elements
  • Scope Relationship Diagram
  • Summary and Course Wrap-Up

Target Audience: Best for PMP, CAPM and PgMP certification holders.

Outcome:  2 Professional Development Units (PDUs) that can be applied towards the following certifications: PMP, CAPM, PgMP, and PMI-SP

Author: Eric Norman

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I earn Professional Development Units (PDUs)?

    Yes, you can! All of our InSite courses qualify for Professional Development Units (PDUs) through PMI®. We’ve aligned them to meet the requirements of the PMI Talent Triangle™ making it easy for you to submit them with PMI®. We’ve created step-by-step instructions to claiming your PDUs here.

  • What is the Talent Triangle, and how does it impact my PDUs?

    PMI requires that you earn a minimum number of 8 PDUs in Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic and Business Management categories. This course qualifies for 2 Strategic & Business PDUs towards your recertification.

  • How long will I have access to this course?

    If you purchase the individual course or Eric’s full series, Preparing Project and Program Leaders for Organizations of the Future, you will have access for 6 months from the time you activate the course key in your account. If you purchase the PDU Passport, you’ll have either 6 or 12 months from date of purchase depending which PDU Passport subscription you chose.

  • When will I be able to access this course?

    Upon purchase, this course will automatically be added to your account. However, your 6-month access period will not begin until you activate the key. If you are purchasing the entire Eric Norman Series, each course can be activated one at a time to ensure you have plenty of time to complete a course before moving on. If you purchase the PDU Passport, your access will begin right away.

  • Is this course included in a bundle?

    Yes! This course is part of Eric Norman Series, a 5 course bundle. It is also part of the PDU Passport, an all access pass to every PDU course on InSite. You can also add this course to your own custom bundle when you use our Build Your Own Bundle tool.

  • How long will it take me to complete the course?

    You will earn 2 PDUs for completing this course. Therefore, it should take you about 2 hours to complete the course, but you can revisit sections or watch lessons as many times as you wish during your access period. One of the best features is you can pause a course and pick up right where you left off when you log back into your account. InSite is self-paced, which makes it simple for you to learn when it is convenient for you.

  • Can I access this course from a mobile device?

    Yes, you can take this course from your computer, tablet or mobile device.  If you can access the internet, you can access this course.

  • How do I report my PDUs?

    You can report your PDUs and check your current PDU balance directly through PMI. For your convenience, we’ve created step-by-step instructions to claiming your PDUs here. You will receive a Certificate of Completion when you complete this course which you should save in case you get audited by PMI.

  • PDUs: 2

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Developing and Applying Effective Work Breakdown Structures

PMI Talent Triangle™

  • Leadership PDUs: 0
  • Technical PDUs: 2
  • Strategic PDUs: 0

"I thought the transcript was very helpful. As I was listening and taking notes, it's hard to keep up. I could make my own notes or comments and then pull things from the transcript such as lists, etc. as needed. "

-J. Mound

"This topic can really add value to any project manager or leader in an organization. Also, the baseline quiz was useful in helping to understand which areas I needed to place more focus and attention on."

-S. Newberry

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