Running head: PROJECT SCOPE 1
Scope Management Discussion Post
In this course, the topic I choose to research further, and expound on its significance is Scope Management. Every project aims at attaining the intended results and outcomes as outlined in the project planning. I selected the topic because it helps identify and outline the project goals, key activities, milestones and deliverables, timelines and deadlines, and budget stipulations. The process of project scope management is fundamental to the success of the project and must allow flexibility to ensure the project effectively mitigates arising issues (Larson & Gray, 2021). The clear outline of project scope management helps the project remain on course and focus on achieving the highest outcomes and quality based on the capacity to track and ascertain all the project components are attained on time. According to the Project Management Institute (2021) in the PMBOK Guide, the scope management in a project constitutes a crucial process in which the “project is defined, developed, monitored, controlled, and validated” (p. 187). Thus, it is fundamentally essential to project success and quality.
The key questions I intend to focus on in the expansion of project scope management include:
How does project scope management planning help achieve project deliverables?
What are the measures to enable project flexibility and adjust scope management when necessary?
How does scope management help achieve the long-term priorities of the project?
The value of project scope management is integral to the success of the project implementation process. It enables adjustment to the continuously changing requirements, holds the project milestones and deliverables together with the budget, and effectively utilizes budget allocations for the maximum benefits and timely deliverables. Therefore, the understanding of project scope management is integral to achieving the expected project outcomes.
Larson, E.W. & Gray, C.F. (2021). Project Management: The Managerial Process, 8th Edition. ISBN: 9781260238860.
Project Management Institute. (2021). Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Seventh Edition.
Response 1: Joseph
Hi Joseph, a nice discussion you have presented. However, I beg to differ with some of your analyses. Your selected topic, Project Requirements, and Elicitation play an integral role in the project understanding and explanation. The requirements outline key aspects essential to the implementation and completion of the project. This is not the first step in the project management process. It is vital to identify the need for a project, define the project, scope analysis before analyzing the requirements and the induction process. The capacity to identify the requirements is critical to ensuring smooth project implementation from start to completion. This is fundamental to achieving the overall goal and expected outcome of the project. Your developed questions are vital to ensure the project scope and budget remain aligned and impact value addition. In the project requirement and induction stage, it is crucial to determine the feasibility of the requirements based on the overall impacts of the project. Therefore, the scope informs the requirements based on the targeted outcome.
Response 2: Miranda
Hi Miranda, I enjoyed reading your discussion post and found it engaging. I like your focus on analyzing factors and causes of scope creep and the tools used to reduce it in the project. Scope creep likely to cause adverse effects on a project as it causes altercation in scope or requirements that do not align with the previously identified needs, schedule, and budget requirements. It is impossible to change the scope without changing other factors with subsequent effects on the project. It is fundamental to ensure all project requirements and scope are effectively addressed to ensure no overruns, budget variations, and ascertaining resources meet the project needs. Your questions are well-composed and concise, with vast implications for mitigating the adverse effects of scope creep in a project. Therefore, the topic enhances the capacity to achieve the overall goals and objectives of the project.