Scope Management Knowledge Area

Scope management was a knowledge area in PMBOK 6. Along with the publication of PMBOK 7, related documents like scope management plan and scope baseline are now called among project artifacts. The scope management plan is used as an artifact in; 
Similarly, the scope baseline is used as part of planning, project work, delivery, and measurement performance domains.

Project scope management consists of two main parts: project scope and product scope. The scope of the project includes the work to be done to achieve the result, product, or service with specific features and functions targeted as a result of the project.

Product scope refers to the features and functionality that will be used to define a result, product, or service. Project scope management can be applied especially in planning and monitoring/control process groups for measurement purposes. Scope management in the simplest terms is neither missing nor too much giving, it is to give the customer exactly what he wants.

Scope management is exactly the knowledge area in which we define what is involve and what is not involved in the project. In fact, it is a fairly simple issue. However many problems arising when managing projects occur as a result of not conducting efficient scope management.

The processes in Scope Management Knowledge Area

One of the considerations that have the most level of importance is that we should pay particular attention not to go outside of the scope in an uncontrolled way. In our daily routine, I am sure there have been so many times when we started a task, we suddenly become baffled with so much related work and we usually miss the main task we were going to do. So it is important to continuously use measurement tools to control the scope. Also, scope verification is dependant on the usage of measurement methods.

With the most basic example, assume that you're doing your home assignment in school. All you need to do is creating content for your document, but you suddenly feel a temptation to decorate the cover to have an impact on your teacher's mind. Your initial plan was to write as many words as you can, but why not some decoration? So many times we notice at midnight our assignment has loads of work to do and it is still incomplete. This is a scope management issue. In other topics under this blog, we will for sure provide more specific examples about projects that failed for various reasons.

Why is project scope management so challenging in projects?

This is because if the scope of the project could not be managed properly it may lead to unwanted conditions such as scope creep, gold plating, resource, time, and money losses. Additionally, the project team, the sponsor, and the key stakeholders should incorporate the scope of the project clearly in order to be able to execute the project.

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