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PM Core and Intermediate Courses
Managing Project Scope
Improve Your Projects' Probability of Success
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1 Day
7 PDUs / 0.7 CEUs
Virtual Classroom / On-Demand Learning
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Two 3-hour sessions
6 PDUs / 0.6 CEUs
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There are no prerequisites for this course

About the Program
The Standish Group continually reports scope creep as a major contributor to project failure internationally. While scope is always dealt with as a component of a larger workshop, it is seldom focused on exclusively in a oneday workshop. This program is designed to demonstrate how effectively managing scope requires constant vigilance and discipline throughout the entire project life cycle.

This course follows the project cycle, focusing specifically on the tools and techniques required to effectively manage scope. At each phase you will learn the pitfalls and best practices, that when applied, can be a significant factor in success. And while scope is only one part of the iron triangle, it can have a direct bearing on cost and time outcomes for a project.

Join us for this exciting program and learn how a few basic scope management principles implemented in a straightforward and logical process can significantly improve your probability for project success.

Who Should Attend
You should attend this workshop if you manage single and/or multiple projects within your organization. Members of the Project Management Office, project and resource managers and team leaders will benefit from the program.

Performance Focus
The goal of the course is to equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills and techniques so that managing scope becomes an ongoing process throughout the life of the project. The plan is also to turn scope management into a team game.

What You Will Learn

  • The full spectrum of processes that constantly interact during a project life cycle that impact scope
  • The nature and characteristics of requirements definition
  • How to create and obtain sign-off of a scope document
  • How to decompose a scope document into a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • How to activate Integrated Change Control very early in the project life cycle
  • How to manage scope during the execution project phase
  • How to verify scope and document lessons learned
  • A framework for self-assessment in the area of scope management key behaviors

Course Overview
Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Course structure
  • Course goals and objective

Foundation Concepts

  • Describe the content and intent of the project scope statement
  • State the contents of the four high-level documents used to get the project requirements definition started
  • State the value and intent of creating the project proposal and the project charter
  • Outline how to perform a stakeholder assessment to capture the voice of the project customer

Progressive Elaboration of Scope

  • Describe the intent and process of the progressive elaboration
  • Articulate the purpose of a Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) process and its relationship to scope management
  • Explain the scope elaboration process steps and related documents
  • Describe how to analyze stakeholder needs and requirements
  • Recognize pitfalls and best practices in the progressive elaboration of scope
  • Describe scope elaboration requirements within the vendor and contract management environment

Monitoring and Controlling Scope

  • Explain the importance of establishing control procedures for managing projects and, in particular, scope
  • Establish an escalation process to facilitate resolution of scope-related issues
  • Explain the importance of scope verification and the procedures for making sure the scope has been delivered as committed

Project Closeout

  • Describe the three major types of project closing activities (deployment, evaluation, knowledge management)
  • Develop a checklist for project deployment activities
  • Explain the different types of post-project evaluations, their respective challenges, and some ideas for meeting those challenges
  • Facilitate scope verification as part of the project closure exercise


  • What did we learn, and how can we implement this in our work environments?
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