Why Project Scope Management is So Important?

Why Project Scope Management Is So Important

Being a successful project manager requires running the projects smoothly from initiation to completion to meet the project goals. Diligent project scope management is crucial to project success.

More than 50% of the projects are not completed within estimated time and budget due to:

  • Frequently changing requirements
  • Changes in project direction when you’re already mid-way
  • Lack of clarity of the requirements
  • Budget overruns
  • Lack of stakeholder engagement

All of the above happen when the proper change management process for the scope isn’t well-defined and agreed upon.

With the project scope process, you can manage everything that is required to achieve the project goals and avoid scope creep.

What is project scope management?

Project scope management is an initial phase of the project planning process. It typically involves drawing up a list of everything needed to create the framework of the project. This can include:

  • Project goals
  • Deliverables
  • Features
  • Functions
  • Tasks
  • Deadlines
  • Costs

And the three processes involved in project scope management are:

  • Planning
  • Controlling
  • Closing

Let’s discuss the accurate process of project scope management

Why Project Scope Management Is So Important

Conclusion

Project scope management is critical to ensure stakeholder engagement, sponsor buy-in and successful delivery.  The scope acts as the bible or the rule book for every conflict and decision making. It reduces the room for disagreements and lays a solid foundation for project execution.

Hence having a formal sign-off on the scope is a must and brings a lot of clarity to all involved. Lastly, the entire team is well aligned with the project objective and all work hand-in-hand to meet those goals.

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