Work Breakdown: Structure!

Last week was a busy one for me. Programs to design, questions to answer, and preparing for a project that I just couldn’t get my mind around. It was too big. There were too many risks. I didn’t want to face it.

So, there I was, ignoring what I have to do and feeling the subconscious strain from that. I pride myself on not being a worrier but I think this ignoring strategy got the better of me. I got a head cold – a great excuse not to use my brain.

And then it dawned on me. I was not using the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)… and my structure was breaking down. The overload on the brain of looking at the work in one big chunk was terrifying me. It was overwhelming.

I broke down the areas of the project and it was amazingly simple. As soon as I saw the work and what had to be done – and figured out the time – I breathed a sigh of relief. This was going to be easy.

Even though I teach and preach about WBS’s all the time, I sometimes lose sight of the basics. They work!

Brenda Fay