Project Fails Due to Ineffective Work Breakdown Structure

March 19, 2018
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Project Fails Due to Ineffective Work Breakdown Structure

We have heard repeatedly the popular saying in Project Management "how do you eat a big elephant?"  The answer, "one piece at a time."  This is the basic principle of applying what is called a Work Breakdown Structure or commonly known as WBS.  It visually defines the scope into manageable chunks that a project team can understand, as each level of the WBS provides further definition and details.

Seems basic?  Not really!  And believe it or not, a lot of projects that failed to correctly set up their WBS from the early stages of work, find difficulty in executing tasks.  Reporting project status become problematic and managing interfaces becomes an uphill battle.

Remember, WBS is not a mere scheduling principle but serves as the best platform to work through your overall Execution Plans and Strategies.  It not only sets the stage for better scope, schedule and cost management, it allows for an effective implementation of initiatives to improve reporting, progress metrics, integration and continuous improvements.  An adequately established WBS can help eliminate inter-discipline interfaces, promotes accountability and induce healthy competition amongst project engineers.


This presentation will count as 1.5 PDUs for credentialed PMP holders.


Gholan Medalla, BsCE, PMP

Gholan has over 20 years of hands on Project Management and Project Controls experience.  This is with various overseas assignments such as Saudi Arabia, Canada, Iraq, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the Philippines.  He has worked with big industry players such as Saudi Aramco (current), Exxon Mobil (IOL), Total, Siemens, Oracle, Kiewit Energy to name a few, with programs ranging from US$ 1B to US$ 5B and Mega Projects costing US$ 9B to US$ 15B.

He specializes in planning and project controls (claims and forensic analysis background), and has substantial experience in design, project execution, estimating, cost, contracting and risk management.  He has also implemented, maintained and lead developments of robust Project Controls Systems, tools, KPIs and processes. 

Gholan contributes various articles to Project Management blog sites and maintains a website of his own . He has done multiple workshops and guest speaking engagements with various non-profit PM and Engineering organizations in US, Canada, Asia and the Middle East.  He is currently enrolled at the University of Salford in Manchester UK for his MSc in Project Management while also juggling his time to complete his book entitled "Project Management Simplified - real project issues resolved."



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