WBS Dictionary Template


This one-page WBS Dictionary template captures detailed information about the components within the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). It is drafted to fit a single work package identified in the WBS. This means, it can be replicated to fit all project sizes. It supports project scope management.

This WBS Dictionary template is a project document that provides detailed information about the components within the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

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

  • begins with a section that captures relevant project information;
  • provides a section for documenting the relevant WBS work package;
  • includes sections for providing a narrative description of the work;
  • provides sections for identifying the WBS ID, accounting code, component name, responsible organization, predecessor, successor, dependencies, technical or contract references, resource requirements, resource assignments, the date assigned, due date, assumptions and constraints, holidays, estimated level of effort, deliverables, cost estimates, quality requirements, acceptance criteria, and the person to whom the work pack must be delivered.

Who Creates the WBS Dictionary?

Often, the Project Manager is responsible for developing the WBS Dictionary. Of course, doing so often accounts for the input of various project team members, other stakeholders, and the project sponsor.

What Are the Inputs to Developing the WBS Dictionary?

Inputs to developing the WBS Dictionary include the work breakdown structure, the resource management plan, the cost management plan, the scope management plan, the schedule management plan, the procurement management plan, the assumptions list, the human resource calendar, and the quality management plan.

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