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Project Scope

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Project scope management, according to the PMBOK, constitutes 'the processes to ensure that the project includes all of the work required, and only the work required, to complete the project successfully.' Project scope management has several purposes: 

  • It defines what work is needed
  • It determines what is included in the project
  • It serves as a guide to determine what work is not needed
  • It serves as a point of reference for what is not included in the project

A project scope is the description of work required to deliver the product of a project. The project scope defines what work will, and will not, be included in the project work. A project scope guides the project manager on decisions to add, change, or remove the work of the project. Its primary concern is with defining and controlling what is and what is NOT included in the project.

The five main areas of Project Scope Management

1. Scope Planning
2. Scope Definition
3. Create WBS
4. Scope Verification
5. Scope Control

In project context, the term scope can refer to:

Product Scope - Features and functions that characterize a product, service or result
Project Scope - The work that needs to be accomplished to deliver a product, service or result with the specified features and functions

Note: Project Scope Management is the ability to get the required work done, and only the required work, to complete the project.

Note: Project Scope Management is measured against the Project Management Plan, Scope Statement, the WBS and WBS Dictionary.

Note: Product Scope is measured against the product requirements. The customer generally provides this information.


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