WBS and schedule created for an actual home construction project, including task estimates, resource allocation, cross-functional dependencies, and more.
What this is
This Microsoft Project schedule for a home construction project includes a detailed work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, and high-level resource allocation. The WBS runs from the initial space planning work to site shutdown and computer relocation. Work packages are described for both the planning and construction phases.
Why it's useful
Building a house is one of the classic WBS examples. This schedule, from a real world project, brings the example to life in traditional project software format. Of course, every project is different, and it would be impractical to take this schedule and use it to start building a new house. But it's always informative to how others estimated tasks and allocated resources. This example also provides a detailed look at the resource requirements for the project. The number of roles and groups involved provides a great model of how cross-functional dependencies can impact a project.
How to use it
Double-click on the file icon to open up the embedded 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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