Episode 097: Is the Work Breakdown Structure Over-Rated

This week The PMO Podcast™ Featured Story presents, "Is the Work Breakdown Structure Over-Rated," presented by Mark Perry (about Mark), host of The PMO Podcast™. Recently, one of my colleagues forwarded to me the link to an interesting article entitled, “The WBS is Over-Rated.” He asked me to read it and comment back to him. It was kind of an “I told you so” email, because we had just had a friendly dispute on the value and effectiveness of work breakdown structures. He maintained that the use of a Work Breakdown Structure is over-rated and in many projects not essential. I, of course, towed the party line and cited reasons why every project should have a WBS. What do you think?

The PMO Podcast™ Points Memo suggests, “Let the rough spots sharpen your performance." If you happen to be a golfer, you may know that the early golf balls were smooth, not at all like the modern golf balls of today. In fact, if you ever had the opportunity to see a display of golf balls from early times until present day, you will notice that the transformation from the old style technology to the current state is really all about one simple feature. Dimples. There can be great value in rough spots.

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