What is scope in project scope management?

Project scope management

The primary purpose of project scope management is to ensure that all the required work and only the required work is performed to complete the project successfully. This is accomplished by defining and controlling what is included in the project and what is not.

Project scope management includes the following:

1. Collect requirements - Collect the requirements for the project based on the stakeholders' needs, which will determine the project scope.

2. Define scope - Develop the description for the project and its products, which is the basis for the project scope.

3. Create the work breakdown structure (WBS) - Decompose the project deliverables into smaller, more manageable work components. The outcome of this exercise is called the work breakdown structure.

4. Verify scope - Plan how the completed deliverables of the project will be accepted.

5. Control scope - Control changes to the project scope-only the approved changes to the scope should be implemented.

Obviously, these components are performed by using the corresponding processes. So, project scope management, in part, defines the work required to complete the project. It's a finite amount of work and will require a finite amount of time and resources.