Approval Requirements

Approval requirements are not an official component of the scope statement according to the PMBOK® Guide, but I recommend that you know something about them. Approval requirements refer to how the objectives, deliverables, project management documents, and other outcomes and results of the project will be approved. This is different from product acceptance criteria—that element describes how the product itself will be approved, whereas this element describes the requirements that must be met in order to approve the deliverables. An example product acceptance criteria might be "All widgets must measure three inches." A deliverable approval requirement might be that the director of sales must approve a prototype before the project can proceed. This section might also contain the process and approval requirements of the project scope statement.

Think about some of the factors you usually take for granted when you're trying to identify assumptions. Many times they're the elements everyone expects will be available or will behave in a specific way. Think about factors such as key team members' availability, access to information, access to equipment, management support, and vendor reliability.

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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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