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What is the WBS Dictionary?

What is the Work Breakdown Structure dictionary? What does it exist (what are its needs?) Can you also give me an example of a WBS dictionary, as examples usually make the concept simpler to understand.
asked 6 years ago by anonymous

1 Answer

A WBS dictionary consists of a database (sometimes an Excel sheet) containing more information about every element in the WBS.

The WBS dictionary contains the following information:

- Code: The code of every element in the WBS
- Name; The name of every element
- Description: A full description on every element.
- Work: What is the work that this element consists of.
- Duration: What is the duration of that element.
- Cost: How much each element costs
- Cost details :How did we get the cost of that element
- More information: More information about this element (example, is the element outsourced? If yes, then to what company? etc...)

An example of a WBS dictionary is the following (example is taken from the WBS of a web project):

Code | Name | Description | Work | Duration | Cost | Cost Details | More Information

(sample row)

1.2.1 | Ajax Interface | Development of the AJAX interface | 1) Develop the forms using AJAX 2) Develop the submit of the form using AJAX | 40 hours | $1,600 | 40 hours of Jane's time @ $40/hour | We were going to contract out this task, but then we decided to do it in the company, as developers will enhance their experience
answered 6 years ago by humblepm (17,390 points)

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