Creating a Work Breakdown Structure in Primavera P6 using the User Productivity Kit

What is a Work Breakdown Structure in Primavera P6?

Primavera P6 Work Breakdown StructureA work breakdown structure in Primavera P6 is a hierarchical arrangement of the products and services associated with a project. Each level of the work breakdown structure represents an element or task that needs to be accomplished for the project to be completed. The element contains the tasks and activities needed to produce the deliverable. For instance, a building’s work breakdown structure would have its levels broken down by subcategories of work such as design and engineering, plumbing, and exterior/interior finish. The work elements are also given a description from which the scope of work can be created. These descriptions provide workers with an end goal or objective that is required to complete the project.

The work breakdown structure in Primavera P6 enables you to organize a project into logical phases for the purpose of planning and control. Each project is the root node of the work breakdown structure and has a parent/child relationship with the WBS element that is beneath it.  The work break down structure provides a framework for the development of a project. It is developed by starting at the end product and working backwards to the beginning or until the root of the project is reached. The different ways each element can be categorized includes: systems, subsystems, components, tasks, subtasks, and work packages.

How to use the UPK in Primavera P6 to create a Work Breakdown Structure

In Primavera P6 Release 8, you can take advantage of the UPK to help you set up the work breakdown structure and other key project elements. The universal productivity kit  has pre built content that is specifically designed to help guide you through the process of creating a work breakdown structure. For the visual learners, we have included a video tutorial below on setting up WBS using the User Productivity Kit.


When creating a work breakdown structure in Primavera P6, go to the help menu and an internal browser will open displaying the topics associated with what you are viewing in Primavera P6. Click on the topic that is most relevant to what you are trying to accomplish, which will open up the learning portion of the User Productivity Kit pre built content. As you can see in the video, the content is organized into five different modes: see it, try it, know it, do it, and print it. As you navigate through the five modes in Primavera P6 Release 8, you will be exposed to different ways to learn the process of creating a work breakdown structure that was designed by the oracle primavera best practice documentation team.

This video, created by an specialized Oracle Primavera trainer, leads you through the process of using the UPK pre built content  “see it” mode to learn the process of creating a work breakdown structure in Primavera P6 Release 8. The UPK will take you through the setup of the work breakdown structure step by step and provide you with helpful tips along the way to ease the learning process.

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