Defining Scope

A defined scope articulates the vision of the product you're creating and the project that will create it. As your project is executed and issues arise, your defined scope can help you make decisions. The scope is your guideline for whether or not the direction you're considering is really the job of this project or not. If you don't stay focused on the scope, you're likely to experience "scope creep," in which you end up spending time, money, and resources on tasks and deliverables that are not part of the original vision.

This is not to say that scope can't change during the course of a project. Business conditions, design realities, budgets, time, resource availability, and many other factors can make it necessary to change project scope midway through. Nonetheless, your scope document helps you manage those changes so that you change in the proper direction—in line with your organization's overall strategy, the product's reason for being, and the project's goals.

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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