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How to use work breakdown structure (WBS) to create action hierarchies

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Written by Kelley Bunge
Updated over a week ago

A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is a hierarchical decomposition of a project into smaller components. It breaks down a project into manageable chunks and allows project managers to define and organize the scope of their project in an organized manner. A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) also provides an effective way to track project progress and identify dependencies.

You can use WBS while importing a CSV to define action hierarchies and/or predecessors. The structure is as follows:


For example, if a row had a WBS value of '3.1' that would mean it is the first subaction of the third action in the list.

If you import a project with the following WBS:

Then in Hive, it will look like this:

Notice that the action with WBS '3.1.1' is the third level in the action hierarchy. Like actions, there is no limit to the amount of nesting that can be created in a work breakdown structure.

WBS also allows us to create dependencies in CSV imports. If you have a 'Predecessor' column in your CSV, you can reference an actions WBS to create a dependency.

In this example, once the CSV is imported into Hive Action 2 would be dependent on Action 1 and so on.

Note that 'WBS' and 'Predecessor' are optional columns in the CSV import. If WBS is not present, then all rows will be imported as top level actions. If WBS is present but Predecessors is not, actions will be created in the hierarchy dictated by their WBS but no dependencies will be present.

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