A work breakdown structure (WBS) is a hierarchical representation of the relationships between project deliverables and their associated tasks. It is a tool used by projects to estimate the level of effort required to complete tasks. Projects can use the information from a WBS as input to preparing and developing a Project Schedule. Microsoft Project’s Visual Reports tool, located on the Project tab, allows project teams to depict project information from the WBS visually.
Open up your WBS or schedule in Microsoft Project.
Click "Visual Reports" on the "Project" menu in the ribbon.
Clear the checkbox next to Microsoft Excel to show only report templates created in Microsoft Visio.
Click the WBS report you want to view in Visio from the list of templates on the "All" tab.
Select a value in the "Select level of usage data to include in the report" field. The default value in this field is typically Microsoft Project's recommendation based on project size.
Click the “view” button to create the report.
Tips & Warnings
- This article assumes you are using Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio 2010
- Visual Reports tool allows you to edit the templates by adding available and custom fields to the view in Visio.
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