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What Is A Product Breakdown Structure (PBS)? Templates & Examples Included

William Malsam
Publication date:
June 2, 2022
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What Is A Product Breakdown Structure (PBS)? Templates & Examples Included

A Product Breakdown Structure (PBS) is a hierarchical chart that captures a project's physical products that are necessary to deliver success. It starts with the final deliverable and breaks it down in a hierarchical structure to the smallest products that start the chain. There are two types of products that are tracked in the product breakdown structure: internal products and external products. The PBS is used in conjunction with a product log and product description to ensure that quality expectations are met. The product breakdown structure is an essential tool for project managers to create an accurate and thorough project schedule.

To create a product breakdown structure, the team must identify the products needed to reach the final deliverable, consolidate their product list, divide into related groups, and write a product description for each product listed. This is the start of the product breakdown structure which will be designed from top to bottom.


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William Malsam
What Is A Product Breakdown Structure (PBS)? Templates & Examples Included
June 2, 2022
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