WBS and schedule example for a commercial construction project, from demolition to doorknobs. This complex project illustrates breaking a years-long project into manageable work packages.
What this is
This Microsoft Project schedule for a commercial construction project includes a detailed work breakdown, draft scheduling estimates and dependencies, and high-level resource allocation. The WBS runs from the initial demolition work to interior finishing touch-up, with separate work packages for each functional group.
Why it's useful
Construction is a classic WBS example. This commercial building schedule illustrates the principle of breaking a years-long project into manageable work packages at the PM's true level of control. Of course, every project is different, and it would be impractical to take this schedule and use it to decide when to demolish that old warehouse for your new factory. But it's always informative to how others estimated tasks and allocated resources, and what level of detail they used in their planning. If you don't break the tasks down far enough, you won't be able to monitor and control the work and risks. Break tasks down too far, and you get lost in the nuts and bolts of the work. For this project and this team, this level of detail was just about right.
How to use it
Double-click on the file icon to open the Microsoft Project schedule file, then save it to your hard drive. Review its WBS structure, resource allocation, estimates, etc. for ideas for your own project's work breakdown and scheduling. Edit it to create your own template if desired.
Note: You must have Microsoft Project installed in order to edit this file. If you don't have MS Project you can still view the file using one of the many MS Project viewers on the market. (Google on "Microsoft Project viewer" for scads of possibilities.) You may also want to look into Microsoft's 60-day free trial offer.
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