Chapter Summary

Project scope management is the ability to complete all of the project's required work— and only the required work. This means no extras, no favors, and no cutting corners. The project scope is the focus of the project; it is the necessary work to complete the project. Project scope management is a tool the project manager uses to determine what work is in the project and what work is extraneous.

The project scope management plan will help the project management team determine how the project scope will be defined, how the WBS will be created, how the scope will be controlled throughout the remainder of the project, and how the scope will be verified by the project customer, both at the end of the project and at the end of each project phase. The project scope management plan makes the project team consider all of the knowledge areas and how they may be affected by changes to the project scope.

In order to determine what the project scope actually is, there's plenty of scope planning. The project manager and the project team must have a clear vision of the project, the business need for the project, the requirements, and the stakeholder expectations for the project. The end result of the scope planning processes is the project scope statement. The scope statement says, in no uncertain terms, what is within the project and what is not. This is a more detailed project scope statement than what's created during project initiation.

For your CAPM or PMP exam, focus on protecting the project scope. This includes finding the real purpose of the project so that the scope is in alignment with the identified need. Once the scope has been created, the project team, stakeholders, the project sponsor, and even the project manager should not change it, unless there is overwhelming evidence of why the scope needs to be changed. All changes should be documented and must follow the change control system as defined in the project scope management plan.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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