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Scope 101

podCast

Scope defines a project's deliverables and boundaries, which requires both low- and high-level approval. And then one of the most important and challenging of a project manager's responsibilities begins: managing the inevitable changes to scope and explaining their impact on schedule, budget and business value. [6 min.]

Scope Approvals Don't Have to Be Scary

by Reshmi Sujesh

In order to get additional scope, PMs need to go through an exception process for formal approval. You must prepare to present your case succinctly and answer the questions from the enterprise release board. Preparing answers to these 10 critical questions will help...

Scope Changes Within the Agile/Scrum Framework

by Karen Z. Sullivan, PSM, PMP

The approach to scope changes used within the agile/Scrum framework provides a stable environment so the development team can focus on getting work “done.” Frequent feedback about the product allows for less upfront planning and means the Scrum team can quickly adapt to changes. Delivering business value early and often results in increased customer satisfaction.

Scope Control: Change Management

by Samuel Brown, PMP

Scope control remains among the most challenging processes faced by project managers. It requires clarity of definition, precise boundaries, and a reliable change management process.

Scope Creep and Action Reports (SCARs) in Software Projects

by R. Sarma Danturthi, PhD, CISSP, PMP

Every project manager has faced scope creep but may not appreciate the importance of project documentation. SCARs, an acronym for scope creep and action reports, reminds us that they are to be created and updated throughout the project and will prove to be valuable assets en route to continuous process improvement.

Scope Creep in Projects: Looking From the Lens of Critical Thinking

by Vanita Bhoola

It is a VUCA world—volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous—and project management is no exception. In such situations, the final project may hardly resemble the original or initial plan. Welcome to scope creep! How can critical thinking help?

Scope Decomposition of Complex Programs: Key Methods to Define and Manage the Scope of Large-Scale Change Initiatives

by Mustafa Hakimuddin, PMP

For complex programs to achieve their strategic goals, it is not only important to decompose their scope into controllable constituents, but also to stitch the pieces back again into a cohesive whole. Scope decomposition techniques—systems thinking, WBS, and progressive elaboration—help to effectively manage programs so that they meet their stated objectives.

Scope Freeze

by Andy Jordan

Managing scope doesn’t always mean saying no. Project managers are so terrified of scope creep that too often the other extreme happens--scope freeze.

Scope It

by Pat Yount

Having problems defining a product selection scope statement? Don't worry. Let us do the work in scoping out your vendor analysis effort. The key to building consensus and a strong scope statement is visualizing the completed system.

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