Divide et impera. The divide and conquer strategy was applied by Julius Caesar to conquer the divided Gaul twenty-two centuries ago. Today, it is still used in various fields such as politics, sociology, algorithmics, and project management. Only project managers do not use divide et impera to conquer people, but their projects and the chaos that comes with it. A divide and conquer paradigm is used in a project management work breakdown structure (WBS).
This article will take a deep dive into a WBS in project management and how project managers can leverage it to become Julius Caesars for their projects.
Work breakdown structure (WBS) in project management visually outlines a complex and multi-stage project, starting from the most overarching objective down to the smallest chunk of deliverables. As Mike Clayton claims, WBS simply breaks the work down into a structure. A WBS is a type of a divide and conquer method because it allows project managers to handle their projects one or a few deliverables at a time, instead of completing a whole project in one go.
It usually comes with a glossary — a document that briefly describes each deliverable and a work package, which facilitates project team members to understand the scope of the tasks they must complete to deliver the work.
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