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Mind Mapping to create a Work Breakdown Structure

Work Breakdown Structures are a useful tool to help you to identify the packages of work that will need to be done in the course of a project.  They are usually created as a hierarchical list of tasks presented as a Tree Diagram, or as an indented list.  Both of these approaches are very “rational” and sometimes people working on projects prefer a more creative way of working.  Mind Maps are another, perhaps more creative, approach. 

MindMap Work Breakdown Structure

MindMap Work Breakdown Structure

Mind Maps can be a great way to get teams engaged in working out what needs to be done, without getting bogged down in tools such as MS Project and Gantt Charts. 

A simple, free MindMapping tool is Freemind.  You can export the outputs into MS Excel or MS Project later, if you need to.

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