WBS Practice

Experiment decomposition with a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) activity


This activity gives participants the opportunity to practice using the WBS (work breakdown structure) project management tool. They breakdown a project into smaller components so that no task is overlooked. This decomposition activity shows the hierarchy of tasks and comes with a certain level of detail that allows the participants to determine the proper approach in terms of efficiency and resources involved.



  • Introduce the activity to the participants and split into teams; encourage the teams to nominate a team coordinator that will help the team put the ideas together and then to present the findings to the other teams.
  • Join each team and provide the activity link


  • Participants brainstorm, discuss and write down on sticky notes the main components of a certain project of their choosing, then they list all the tasks related to them. They use the predefined layout to show the hierarchy of the tasks they come up with.
  • They can rearrange the tasks or move them along the board, from one main component to another, based on the discussion between the team mates.

Debrief (suggested)

  • The team coordinator from each team will present the outcome to the other teams.
  • The facilitator may ask the following questions:
    • Was it difficult to breakdown into smaller components? What helped you?
    • Was there anything that caught your attention during this practical activity?
    • How helpful do you think this tool will be in your activity?



Additional info

This activity follows activity type guide from CARTA

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WBS practice - Colltrain Library - Activity Description
WBS practice - Colltrain Library - Activity Description
WBS practice - Colltrain Library - Activity Description

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