Scope (project management)

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In project management, the term scope has two distinct uses- Project Scope and Product Scope.

Scope involve getting information required to start a project, and the features the product would have that would meet its stakeholders requirements.

Project Scope
"The work that needs to be accomplished to deliver a product, service, or result with the specified features and functions."[1]
Product Scope
"The features and functions that characterize a product, service, or result."[1]

Notice that Project Scope is more work-oriented, (the hows,) while Product Scope is more oriented toward functional requirements. (the whats.)

If requirements aren't completely defined and described and if there is no effective change control in a project, scope or requirement creep may ensue.

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  1. ^ a b A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) - Fourth Edition. Project Management Institute, 2008. ISBN 978-1-933890-51-7