Federal Construction Work Breakdown Structures: You Have Less Flexibility Than You Thought – Graff

4:00 pm -4:35 pm

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Breakout Room 2


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Abstract: Recently published consensus standards on work breakdown structures such as ISO 21511:2018,
Work Breakdown Structures for Project and Programme Management or the Project Management Institute Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures, Third Edition (2019) offer several valid approaches to assembling a work breakdown structure. Options for organizing the project include by performing organization, schedule phase, project deliverables, or by a combination of any or all three. However, federal construction projects cannot enjoy the latitude these standards offer. This presentation will trace federal executive orders, statute, regulations, and guidance from the Government Accountability Office to arrive at the kind of work breakdown structure that will most efficiently meet each agency’s obligations; namely, one oriented towards the enduring real property a federal construction project will acquire or improve. The presentation will end by explaining how following the described approach will allow federal agencies to pool their cost estimating relationship data.

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