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WBS Modeler released by Microsoft

4th April 2007

bVisual and Corporate Project Solutions (CPS) recently combined their Microsoft Office Visio and Project skills to create the WBS Modeler for Microsoft Office Visio 2003+, for Microsoft. Microsoft have now made this useful Visio / Project integration tool available as a free download.

The Microsoft Office Visio 2007 WBS Modeler improves the project planning process by generating Project Plans from a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) using a graphical representation of elements.

Overview

The Microsoft Office Visio 2007 WBS Modeler is intended to improve the project planning process by giving the opportunity to generate Project Plans from a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) using a graphical representation of elements.

The Application enables effective integration of Microsoft Office Visio 2007 with Microsoft Office Project 2007. It provides an approach to visually and graphically create, edit and modify project plans using Visio 2007.

The WBS Modeler can either be used to visualize and edit an existing project plan or to create a new project plan in Microsoft Office Visio 2007 and then export it to Microsoft Project Professional 2007 to carry out the next planning steps.

The Application enables effective integration of Microsoft Office Visio 2007 with Microsoft Office Project 2007. It provides an approach to visually and graphically create, edit and modify project plans using Visio 2007. The WBS Modeler offers the ability to manage project elements in a graphical view, as well as offering functionality to layout a WBS in MS Office Visio.

The WBS can be exported back to Microsoft Office Project Professional into a new project plan. It is also possible to update an existing plan. However this update process is limited to deleting, renaming or adding elements. Moving elements is not supported at the current stage. To organize the structure within a WBS Modeler the outline code from Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 is being utilised.