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How to Make a Scope Management Plan

William Malsam
Publication date:
September 24, 2020
Article Summary: 

Project scope defines a project's goals, objectives, and the boundaries within which the entire project must operate. It encompasses the project's deliverables, features, functions, tasks, deadlines, and costs. Typically, project scope is documented in a detailed scope statement, which serves as a reference throughout the project's lifecycle. Any alterations to this scope require a formal process, usually involving the submission of a change request to the project's change control board (CCB). This formal process ensures that all changes are reviewed, approved, and documented, preventing any unplanned modifications.

However, when changes occur without being properly managed and controlled, it results in scope creep. Scope creep happens when new requirements or features are added after the project has commenced, often without corresponding adjustments to time, cost, or resources. This unplanned expansion can derail the project, leading to missed deadlines, budget overruns, and a final product that may not meet stakeholders' expectations.

To prevent scope creep and ensure successful project delivery, effective project scope management is crucial. Project scope management involves meticulously planning and defining the work required throughout the project. This includes controlling and monitoring processes to ensure they stay within the predefined scope. Additionally, it involves documenting and tracking any changes to the project scope, ensuring that all modifications are reviewed and approved by the appropriate authorities.

By adhering to these practices, project managers can allocate resources efficiently, ensuring the project progresses as planned. This approach helps in completing the project on time, within budget, and with the quality expected by stakeholders, ultimately contributing to the project's overall success and stakeholder satisfaction.


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Source Citation: 
William Malsam
How to Make a Scope Management Plan
September 24, 2020
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