Resource Breakdown Structure Template


This one-page Resource Breakdown Structure template lists all resources that are required to perform the project. It supports project resource management.

A Resource Breakdown Structure is a project document that presents all project resources by category and type. For example,  labor, equipment, and supplies are three resource categories that are required to complete a construction project. A resource breakdown structure (RBS) may be formatted in this manner, with types of resources listed in each category. The RBS might also be structure as a deliverables centric document where resource categories and types are decomposed beneath project deliverables. Our template is constructed as a deliverables centric document. That said, it is easily edited.

This template is developed to support a wide range of project types and sizes. Specifically, it:

  • begins with a section that captures relevant project information;
  • provides sections for decomposing the project resources by deliverable, resource category, and resource type; and
  • provides sections for capturing RBS identifiers, quantities, and dates the resources are needed; and
  • provides a section to capture estimated return dates.

Who Creates the Resource Breakdown Structure?

Typically, the Project Manager creates the Resource Breakdown Structure. Recall that the Project Manager is responsible for the project resources and the RBS is a tool that can help the Project Manager identify all resources requirements. Of course, developing the RBS may account for feedback from project team members, stakeholders, and relevant subject matter experts.

What Are the Inputs?

Inputs to creating the Resource Breakdown Structure may include the scope management plan, historical information, relevant standards, legal codes and regulations, and subject matter expertise of the Project Manager and project team members.

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