Developing the Project Scope Statement


v Define and Record Requirements, Constraints, and Assumptions v Develop Change Management Plan v Create the WBS

Great job! You've successfully completed the project Initiating processes and published the project charter, the stakeholder register, and stakeholder management strategy. The project is officially underway. Stakeholders have been identified and informed of the project, you have management buy-in on the project, the project manager has been assigned, and the project objectives and description have been identified. A solid foundation for the planning process is in place.

In this chapter, we will begin the Planning processes for the project. In fact, I will continue discussing the Planning processes through Chapter 7, "Planning Project Resources." Planning is a significant activity in any project and, if done correctly, will go a long way toward ensuring project success.

This chapter begins with the Develop Project Management Plan process. This process will describe the overall approach you'll use to manage the project. The result of this process is the project management plan document that describes how you'll execute, monitor, and control the project outcomes as the project progresses and how you'll close out the project once it concludes.

Then you'll move on to the Collect Requirements process. It's during this process that quantified requirements are gathered and documented to assure stakeholder needs are met and expectations are managed.

During the Define Scope process, you'll use the project charter and the requirements documentation—plus some other inputs—and then apply the tools and techniques of this process to come up with the project scope statement. I'll talk in depth about project objectives, requirements, constraints, assumptions, and other elements of writing the project scope statement, which is an output of this process.

Once you have the deliverables and requirements well defined, you'll begin the process of breaking down the work of the project via a work breakdown structure (WBS). You'll accomplish this task in the Create WBS process. The WBS defines the scope of the project and breaks the work down into components that can be scheduled and estimated as well as easily monitored and controlled.

We have a lot to cover in this chapter so let's get started.

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