There is a great misconception out there that somehow if you use Agile project methods like scrum for project management, then you can’t use Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
This is too bad, because you will miss out the great benefits which WBS offers. The truth is that even Agile project method benefits greatly by using work breakdown structure for managing tasks and milestones.
Work breakdown structure is used to simplify complex tasks by breaking down each task to many smaller tasks called sub-tasks.
The resulting tasks know as subtasks are broken down further into yet smaller tasks. This process continuous until the end result is well defined small tasks.
This tasks only take a short time to work on and complete because they are well understood.
The benefits of work breakdown structure are well documented. Many experienced project managers use WBS to get a handle on very complex and large projects.
Agile & Work breakdown structure
The benefits of Agile are well know. The fact that projects are broken down into time slices which are called sprints make Agile and WBS natural partners for great results.
In the Agile projects, use WBS to breakdown tasks from the backlog for the next sprint. This way tasks that are worked on in each sprint are well defined and could finish in the sprint’s time frame.
In my work I have used work breakdown structure in Agile projects in the past few years. The results have been amazing.
So how Binfire can help you use both Agile and WBS, you might ask? Binfire task manager is based on work breakdown structure and gives you the ability to create sub-tasks 6 levels deep.
This is enough for even the most complex projects as recommended by PMI. The dashboard for each task has all the tools needed by Agile teams to work on that task.
The Kanban board in Binfire is the perfect tool for Agile project management. One of the lists in the Kanban board is the backlog list. You can add all project’s tasks in the backlog list until you are ready to move them to the project.
When ready use drag and drop to move tasks from backlog to open tasks list.
A great feature in Binfire which helps managing Agile projects easier is the ability to copy or move tasks from a project to another project. This helps to keep tasks in a backlog project and move them to new projects as they are needed.
Another feature lets you use one project that you have already populated and worked on as a template for your new projects.
All tasks, members and other information you need are copied to the new project and the start and end of the project and its tasks are adjusted to reflect a new start date.
These features make it easier and save a ton of time when managing multiple projects.
A new project management concept called Hybrid project management combines Agile and Work Breakdown structure to create a potent new project management method. Hybrid is one of the hottest new trends in project management.
Try Binfire for free and see how it can help you manage your Agile projects better.