Work breakdown structure software
Lucidchart is an intelligent diagramming application that makes creating a work breakdown structure (WBS) easy. Customize shapes, import data, and so much more.Create a free work breakdown structure
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Lucidchart is your collaborative WBS software
With our WBS creator, you can put together a work breakdown structure easily and then share it with stakeholders.
Collaborate and share with anyone from anywhere
Link your data to your WBS diagram
Integrates with Jira
Our Jira integration lets you create Jira tickets directly from your WBS diagram. Once your diagram is complete, integrate it with Jira to automate ticket creation for projects.
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Embed short video clips within your visual to explain more complex parts of your work breakdown structure.
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Master the basics in 3 minutes
Start by creating a WBS from a template, blank canvas, or imported document.
Add shapes, lines, and text.
Learn how to adjust styling and formatting within your WBS diagram.
Use Feature Find to locate anything you need.
Share with your team and start collaborating.
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Use our work breakdown structure creator on any device with ease. Lucidchart helps teams collaborate in real time from anywhere in the world. Enhance productivity while working with your team to achieve your goals.
Lucidchart brings clarity to the complex. Intelligent diagramming allows you to quickly visualize projects and processes from start to finish.
Drive alignment with your team by collaborating in the same space. Quickly map out processes and ideas together in real time so that you never miss a beat.
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What is a work breakdown structure?
A work breakdown structure—also called a WBS—is a project management tool used to define and manage a project’s deliverables. The purpose of a WBS is to break down complex activities into hierarchical, manageable parts, allowing users to see the individual deliverables that need to be completed in order to reach a project’s overarching goal. While most project management tools focus on planned actions, a WBS focuses on planned outcomes. A carefully organized WBS can help a project manager more effectively oversee the completion of otherwise complicated tasks within a project. A WBS with measurable, clearly defined tasks can also help project management assign accurate costs and deadlines to a project, simplifying project planning and monitoring.
How to create a work breakdown structure in Lucidchart
Add your project name
Start with the project name as the first level of the WBS. Then, use the project's scope and statement to determine the major deliverables that are essential to the success of the project.
Add the deliverables at the second level
Take the deliverables you have identified and add them to the work breakdown structure at the second level, connecting back to the project name.
Break down major deliverables into work packages
Break each of your major deliverables down into the necessary work components required to complete them. Record each of them on your WBS at the third level. Most work breakdown structures will have three levels, but you can add more if necessary.
Review and group manageable tasks
Before taking action, make sure deliverables and sub-deliverables add up to 100% of the work needed for the project to be complete. Then, divide up the tasks you have created so that they are ready to assign to the appropriate team members.
Share your WBS with team members
When you've finalized your work breakdown structure, share the visual with project stakeholders and team members who will be assigned to tasks, so everyone can see the planned deliverables and what’s expected for each task.