Project Scope Management: What It Is, and How It Helps

Project scope management is an essential part of the project planning process. Whether you are a project manager or a business owner, it is very important to have a solid plan before you start your big project. Project scope management reduces risk and will eliminate any “scope creep.” You might be wondering, what is scope management and how can it help my organization?

What is Project Scope Management?

Project Scoping is defined as the part of project planning that involves determining and documenting a list of specific project goals, deliverables, tasks, costs and deadlines. Furthermore, project scoping must reflect a clear overall objective, or goal that your company is working towards. Preliminary project scoping will ideally ensure that your project stays on focus and within budget.

Project Scoping should also include:

  • Tasks
  • Goals
  • Phases
  • Timelines
  • Resources
  • Comprehensive Budget

How Can It Help Me?

Project scope management is invaluable in that it prevents your project from experiencing what is known as “scope creep.” Scope creep occurs anytime your project gets off track, typically meaning that you are spending too much time and/or money.  It is very easy for projects to become bloated, and for non-essential tasks to be added on. Project scoping defines the essential project tasks, ensuring that no extra tasks or work is added to a project. Also, sometimes project budgets can increase far beyond the original allocated amount.  

Scope management will also help:

  • Provide clear identification of objectives
  • Manage expectations
  • Balance workload
  • Prioritize Tasks
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of participants

To learn more about the benefits of Project Scoping, contact InStream today