The first set of PMI webinars I watched were related to creating a work breakdown structure (WBS). As I am spinning up a new project I thought this would be an excellent place to start.
Tips for Creating the WBS and Gathering Better Estimates
- Vincent McGevna, PMP
- Rated: 5.13/7
- Duration: 70:35
This presentation was a good starting point. McGevna explained that a WBS needs to be deliverable oriented, hierarchical, and define 100% of the work to be delivered. He detailed how to start with a product breakdown structure and expand it into a work breakdown structure. I also liked that he reviewed different tools that could help you accomplish this task like WBS Chart Pro that integrates with Microsoft Project.
Industrial Strength Work Breakdown Structures
- Dale Boeckman
- Rated: 4.29/7
- Duration: 61:39
The second webinar I watch was not nearly as good as the first. Boeckman’s slides we’re overloaded with information and did not sync up with his talking points. It also appeared that he was reading directly from a page in some areas and had long pauses not caused by technical issues.
I wished he had gone into more detail around the WBS dictionary, because I thought his list of required and optional definition was very helpful.
The quality of these webinars is not very good. The audio cuts out in certain places, and they don’t really seem to have any standardization on the slides. I will try a couple more sessions based on rating instead of by topic and see if those are any better.
Do you have any suggestions for project management webinars? Please share your recommendations in the comments.