Can Multidimensional WBS be the Solution for IT Project Issues?


By Asma AlFadha

Sultanate of Oman



From small organization to large, IT projects are growing rapidly with the revolution of technology and expansion of systems. They worth the companies a lot and become very important while most of the organizations are moving toward digitizing and automation. Consequently, the need of good project management is necessary to achieve the goal without wasting time and cost.

Work Breakdown Structure WBS has proven to be a powerful control, plan and monitor tool for projects. It decomposes the projects to manageable components. This helps to execute the project very well, estimate the cost and schedule, allocate and assign resources and track the project progress and performance. The result of all of these outcomes can hit the heart of the project success.

Through this short paper, different models of WBS will be explored including a 3D WBS. 3D WBS was first introduced by Moine where he projected 3 types of tree structure and combined them together to form one cube model that make effective different in the project management field. The paper will also suggest, based on comparison and evidence, for IT project managers to adopt the 3D model as it proves its efficiency in other industrial fields.

Keywords: WBS, Building Information Modeling, Multi-Dimensional WBS structure, Business Intelligence System, components, tasks, tree structures.

1.    Introduction

From small to large organizations, IT projects exist in almost all the companies. The success of these projects reflects highly in the performance of the organization in general. Implementing Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) systems, Document management systems (DMS) and others have lots of potential challenges in each and every implementation step and activity. One of the tools used to implement the project successfully and overcome the challenges is Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

Work Breakdown Structure WBS is a tool to decompose the project into smaller components (tree structure). It’s a project management tool that is important to establish a framework for better management control over the projects budget, schedule and scope. It is also defined as “an enumeration of all work activities in hierarchic refinement of detail which organizes work to be done into short manageable tasks with quantifiable inputs, outputs, schedules, and assigned responsibilities” 


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About the Author

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Sultanate of Oman 

Asma AlFadha is a senior developer in a Salalah Methanol Company subsidiary of Oman Oil Company (OOC), Sultanate of Oman. She worked previously with one of the biggest software company in the country and was involved with many huge projects for government and big companies. Ms AlFadha has experience in many programming languages and different platforms. Being part of the whole life cycle of the software provided the experience not only in dealing with computers and languages, but also in communicating with people and learning to understand them and analyze their thoughts for transforming into computerized codes. Asma has 5 years’ experience in development. She graduated from Sultan Qaboos University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Contact her on: [email protected] or [email protected]