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not a man of many words
Hello Everyone,

I am fairly new and some of you may already know. I have a pretty good understanding of what I need and do as a project manager.

However I am not great with writing. (Self improvement plan)

I have starting writing Scope statements and most of the projects are very small. I have some examples if anyone would like to look. I am not sure if I am doing enough in these statements. I have seen some in the past that are very lengthy that seem over the top and confusing.

Any advise on writing scopements from a REAL world perspective would be great.

thank you in advance, everyone here also gives great feedback
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Mar 03, 2020 11:05 AM
Replying to LORI WILSON
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Hello John: First, don't sell yourself short because you very clearly described your situation in your note - so your writing skills are effective! Second, Kiron and Scott have both responded perfectly. Their advice is sound. I would especially pay attention to what they stated about things OUT OF SCOPE. This is very important. There are many templates out there and I would follow your corporate directives as well.
Thank you Lori, I appreciate the kind words. I have a tendency to second guess myself in alot of ways.
Here's my advice John. Forty years ago following the Three Mile Island accident in the nuclear industry, we went through years of writing "terminal" and "enabling" objectives to ensure training was performance based. These training "SCOPE" statements were characterized by three distinct elements for any learning level objective from Knowledge to Synthesis. I find this approach works equally as well for project scope statements. The elements are:

1. CONDITION - describe in short or long detail where or what situations the project is going to take place.

2. ACTION - a verb describing how the project team is going to perform the whole (terminal) or incremental (enabling) deliverables of the project. The supposes you are developing a WBS to support the scope of work in parallel.

3. METHOD OF MEASUREMENT - when will you and your team know when a deliverable is achieved and accepted by the receiving asset owner.
Noted
You need to identify the scope boundary that is required
My advice - start with the end product. Clearly define your destination, your objective. What have you been commissioned to achieve? What is your mission?
Too many projects fail because people are focused on the trip and the process.
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