Scope Control Best Practices Part 1 of 6

Part 1: Introduction

Case Study Request

Late last year I received a request to do a case study on scope control.

Request Honored

Scope Control or rather the lack of scope control is a problem we often run into, so I gathered my scope control best practices and documented them in this series of Scope Control Best Practices.

Why Best Practices Instead of a Case Study

Case studies pertain to a certain project. So with a case study on scope control we will only discuss the scope control issues that presented themselves in that particular project.

A best practices approach allows me to present all of the best practices that can be used on any project.


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Scope Control Throughout All Phases of a Project

For scope control to be effective, it must be applied throughout all phases of a project. Scope control starts in the initiation phase and should be applied all the way to the closing phase of a project. Yes, even in the closing phase of a project. In this series we will discuss scope  control in each one of the project phases.

Scope Control and Scope Creep

PMI’s PMBOK defines scope control as:

“The process of monitoring the status of the project scope and managing changes to the scope baseline”

and scope creep as:

 “The uncontrolled expansion to project scope without adjustments to time, costs and resources”

So scope changes are OK, as long as they are managed. Scope creep however is a no no for us.

In the next part of this series, we will discuss scope control in the initiation phase of a project.

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