As far as I am concerned, one of the most fundamental report templates that are missing from Microsoft Project 2010 is the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) template.
What many people don’t realise is that there are still a number of ways for you to generate pretty Work Breakdown Structures using third party or free Microsoft add-ins.
To create a Work Breakdown Structure in Project 2010, try the following links:
- Microsoft Visio 2007 WBS Modeller
- Microsoft Visio 2010 WBS Modeller
- Example blog post describing how to use the WBS Modeller
- Commercial Option – WBS Chart Pro
Please let me know if you come across any other useful WBS Templates for Microsoft Project by leaving a comment below.
Getting Started with the Microsoft Visio 2010 WBS Modeller:
- Install the appropriate add-in linked above
- Open Visio 2010 and open the “Add-Ins” folder under the Template Categories
- Select the “WBS Modeler” template, select your preferred Unit of Measure and then click the Create button
- A new blank Visio drawing will open and you should see a new Tab on the Ribbon Menu, WBS Modeler
- The next step is to import data from Microsoft Project. To do this, open the project file in Microsoft Project, select the WBS Modeler Ribbon Tab and click Import
- Select the level from which you want to begin the data import and then press the Draw button to draw the Work Breakdown Structure
- That’s it! You now have a pretty Work Breakdown Structure as a Visio Diagram