WBS Example for LAN Installation Planning


Quick Summary
Screenshot WBS and draft schedule for a LAN installation, including task estimates, resource allocation, and cross-functional work.


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What this is

This Microsoft Project schedule for a LAN implementation project includes a detailed work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, resource allocation, and initial task estimates. The WBS covers the entire project, from conception and establishing standards, to inspection, testing, and documentation.


Why it's useful

Implementing a new LAN installation is a lot more than laying wire and jacks. As with any technical project, it would be easy to overlook cross-functional work that delays the final implementation, frustrates end users, and generally causes headaches all around. A comprehensive work breakdown is the first step toward avoiding these issues.

This sample WBS traces the work of installing a new corporate LAN from the initial requirements work with stakeholders (What standards will we use? What software do we need? Which users have which rights?) to the final testing, training, and documentation for required applications. Reviewing it can help you catch cross-functional requirements you might have forgotten.

Even though it wouldn't be practical to use these exact estimates for your project, many project managers enjoy seeing how others estimated resource allocation and task durations. It provides a nice sanity check, and a good baseline for your own planning and scheduling efforts.


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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