Rise of the Project Workforce, Chapter 6: Organization and Work Breakdown Structures

March 20, 2008 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Project Workforce Management

Rise of the Project Workforce, Chapter 6: Organization and Work Breakdown Structures (#6 in the series Rise of the Project Workforce)
By Rudolf Melik

A Project Workforce Management system provides a platform for managing:

  • Organization Breakdown Structures (OBS): the hierarchy of companies, divisions, departments, groups, people, and skills available to the organization
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS): the hierarchy of clients, portfolios, projects, subprojects, work types, and tasks to be serviced

The benefits of managing a company’s OBS/WBS using Project Workforce Management are strategic, tactical, and financial:

  • Strategic: With real-time reporting–which is the most critical reason to use a Project Workforce Management system–the company gets instantly updated status on the projects and people throughout the organization, with roll-up and drill-down capabilities.
  • Tactical: With alerts and dashboards, and the ability to define budgets, limits, costs and revenue rates, users at all levels can be notified when thresholds are reached for any “branch” of the structures.
  • Financial: Time, expense, cost, and billing data can be assigned and rolled-up to the appropriate cost centers, business units, and groups of the WBS.

Moreover, the linking of OBS and WBS components is a key benefit of Proejct Workforce Management. For example, customers can be linked to the business units that serve them; and tasks can be matched to the skills required to perform them. Once automated, OBS and WBS elements can also be integrated with other enterprise systems.

For more details about project management and Sarbanes-Oxley, see Rise of the Project Workforce.

Rudolf Melik is the author of The Rise of the Project Workforce: Managing People and Projects in a Flat World, and is the CEO and a founder of Tenrox. In his writings and speeches, Melik explores the ways that companies can thrive in a world where rapid technological advances and globalization are changing how we get work done and manage the people who do it. Rudolf’s professional blog can be found at: http://www.talentontarget.com/talent_on_target.

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