What is Work Package in Project Management?
By John Filicetti
A work package in Project Management is a group of related tasks that are defined at the same level within a work breakdown structure.
In traditional cost/schedule systems, the criteria for defining work packages is as follows:
- Each work package is clearly distinguishable from all other work packages
- Each work package has a scheduled start and finish date
- Each work package has an assigned budget that is time-phased over the duration of the work package
- Each work package either has a relatively short duration, or can be divided into a series of milestones whose status can be objectively measured, or
- Each work package has a schedule that is integrated with higher-level schedules.
John F. Filicetti, PMP, MBA
John Filicetti is a Sr. Sales Engineer/PM-PMO-PPM Consultant with a great depth of experience and expertise in enterprise project management, project management methodologies, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Project Management Offices (PMOs), Governance, process consulting, and business management. John has directed and managed project management teams, created and implemented methodologies and practices, provided project management consulting, created and directed PMOs, and created consulting and professional services in such areas as project portfolio management, Governance, business process re-engineering, network systems integration, application development, infrastructure, and complex environments. John has enjoyed many years as PMO Director for large corporations in the Seattle area and leads the PMO Roundtable discussion group and forum.