System Modeling

Topics: Systems engineering, Work breakdown structure, Project management Pages: 195 (28464 words) Published: November 1, 2013
NOT MEASUREMENT
SENSITIVE

MIL-HDBK-881
2 JANUARY 1998
SUPERSEDING
MIL-STD-881B
25 MARCH 1993

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
HANDBOOK
WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURE

This handbook is for guidance only.
Do not cite this document as a requirement.

AMSC N/A

AREA MISC

MIL-HDBK-881

Foreword
1. This handbook is approved for use by all Departments and Agencies of the Department of Defense.
2. This handbook is for guidance only. This handbook cannot be cited as a requirement. If it is, the contractor does not have to comply.
3. A work breakdown structure (WBS) provides a consistent and visible framework for defense materiel items and contracts within a program. This handbook offers uniformity in definition and consistency of approach for developing the top three levels of the work breakdown structure. The benefit of uniformity in the generation of work breakdown structures and their application to management practices will be realized in improved communication throughout the acquisition process.

4. This handbook addresses mandatory procedures for those programs subject to DOD Regulation 5000.2-R. It also provides guidance to industry in extending contract work breakdown structures.
5. This handbook is a conversion of MIL-STD-881B, Work Breakdown Structures for Defense Materiel Items, with no substantive changes in work breakdown structure definition. MIL-STD-881B was based on the cooperative efforts of the military services, with assistance from industrial associations.

6. Beneficial comments (recommendations, additions, deletions) and any pertinent data which may be of use in improving this document should be addressed to: OUSD(A&T)API/PM, 3020 DEFENSE PENTAGON, ROOM 3E1025, WASHINGTON, DC 20301-3020 by using the self-addressed Standardization Document Improvement Proposal (DOD Form 1426) appearing at the end of this document or by letter.

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CONTENTS
Acronyms............................................................................................................................ v Chapter 1 General Information ...........................................................................................1 1.1 Handbook Purpose and Structure.....................................................................1 1.2 Support Documentation ....................................................................................1 1.3 Intended Use of Handbook ...............................................................................1 1.4 What Does A Work Breakdown Structure Accomplish? .................................2 1.5 How is the WBS Related to Other Contract Requirements? ............................3 1.6 Definitions.........................................................................................................3 1.7 WBS Evolution .................................................................................................6 Chapter 2 Program Management Instructions ....................................................................9 2.1 Program WBS Attributes ..................................................................................9 2.2 Preparing a Program WBS................................................................................9 2.3 Solicitation and Proposal ................................................................................17 2.4 Contract Statement of Work ...........................................................................18 2.5 Request for Proposal .......................................................................................20 2.6 Integrated Cost, Schedule, and Technical Performance Management ...........20 Chapter 3 Contractor Guidance ........................................................................................23 3.1 Developing the Contract WBS........................................................................23 3.2 Contractual Issues...
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