3.3 Task breakdown chart
The task breakdown technique is a very logical approach to identifying the tasks involved in a project. Some people may find it suits them better than using mind maps; other people may find the techniques complement each other.
To do a task breakdown chart, first draw a box at the top of a page with the project title inside it. Then mentally identify the main elements that go to make up the project as shown below.
A further degree of task breakdown has been indicated on item C, and could have been shown for elements A and B as well. In general terms it is for the individual to decide the level of detail to which they wish to go.
The example in activity 3 relates to the erection of a temporary building and is a simplified chart in order to illustrate the technique.
Try to complete the task breakdown chart below, that outlines the potential tasks required to erect a temporary building. The chart has also been attached as a pdf for your convenience.
A sample answer is provided – your results may not be identical – it is a matter of interpretation.
Chart (PDF, 1 page, 0.06MB)
Here is one approach to the task breakdown chart.