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Creating a WBS: Free Software to Help Get the Job Done

written by: Ronda Bowen • edited by: Michele McDonough • updated: 5/23/2014

If you've been trying to create a work breakdown structure, you can greatly simplify your task by downloading WBS free software for the task. Creating a WBS is an important part of managing a successful project. Learn about free options in this helpful Bright Hub article.

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    Making Things a Little Easier

    If you've been managing projects for very long, you may already be familiar with creating your WBS charts using Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. Alternatively, you may be creating your WBS chart using post-it notes and a large white board. No matter what your current method of creating a work breakdown structure, I'll bet that you're looking for an easier method. While there are many proprietary programs on the market, what if you could find a great WBS free software option to help make creating your WBS a lot simpler? That would be great, right? Enter this list of helpful WBS free software to help you simplify your life and save time.

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    WBS Chart Pro

    WBS Chart Pro is an Option  WBS Chart Pro allows for you to simply create your WBS chart. This program allows you to schedule your project using the top-down approach of decomposing the project to create an effective WBS. This program is simple to use - you can select tasks by double clicking on them and entering scheduling information for the task. The data is automatically appropriated to the proper level of each chart. This program allows you to work with MS Project to create integrated work breakdown structures in your project planning process.

    WBS Chart Pro has a demo version available to use for free for 30 days. After that the program costs $199 per license.

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    WBS is a great free option for creating WBSs WBS is a free online tool that allows you to create a work breakdown structure. It allows for you to create a variety of different types of charts expressing hierarchies. This is a great tool to use because you can use it just once, or you can create an accoutn and access your WBS chart from any computer. The great thing about this program is that it's really simple to use, and you don't have to use any memory on your own hard drive to use it.

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    WBS Document Depot

    Like WBS, WBS Document Depot is an internet-based tool for creating your WBS chart. This program allows you to create a catalogue of tasks using its features. While you can use the program online, which gives you access to it no matter where you may be, you can also download the program for use on your computer. If you do use the program online, you can collaborate with other users to create the WBS that is perfect for your project.

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    Other WBS Free Software Options

    Sometimes the best free software is the software you already own. If you are a regular user of Microsoft Excel, you might benefit from downloading our free Excel WBS template. Alternatively, you can use Paint (on a Windows machine) to create your WBS. The software you use to create a WBS doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be able to complete the job.