How do you Create one?
An OBS is created much in the same manner as a Work Breakdown Structure.
1. Identify the organizational structure for the resources involved in the project, and draw this out. (Figure 1)
2. Once the structure has been filled out, identify all team members. Assign each team member a position in the structure. (Figure 2)
3. If there are extra positions that have not been filled, fill them now. If there are additional resources, assign those resources so that all resources and positions are accounted for.
4. Be sure that the OBS is structured from the most responsible department and then by the performing departments at the lower levels. These lower levels are where the project responsibilities are matched up with the resource needed.
Once both a Work Breakdown Structure and an Organizational Breakdown Structures have been created, a Responsibility Assignment Matrix can be created, giving a full accounting of tasks and responsible parties.