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Project Management – Define Scope

Project Management – Define Scope
By Lani Dodge, Northwest University

How big is the project? Is it as big as the world? To ease the mind of the project manager, thankfully no, it has boundaries. And, if the work goes outside of these boundaries, then it is more than likely going to become out of balance. It becomes more difficult to manage, and it will likely exceed cost, schedule, or both. Therefore, the objective of define project scope is to describe that boundary, what is within, and what is without. This allows the project manager to state: “That request is out-of-scope” when what are judged to be new requirements come to the surface. Be aware as well the difference between product scope, the features and functions of a product or service, and project scope, the work that needs to be accomplished to deliver a product or service.

The project charter, stakeholder register, and the requirements document are immediate predecessors for the define scope function. Read the Complete Article

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