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You like control. You like boundaries. You understand the importance of project constraints. You’re here to avoid any misunderstandings with stakeholders or participants later in the project. Perhaps you have started work on a plan or the WBS (work breakdown scheme), but are nervous. To ensure everyone is clear about the outcome, you want to find alignment with stakeholders. You are the facilitator for project success.
You’ve probably already discovered this important fact:
It is easy to write a bad scope statement.
It’s not easy to write a good one!
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What is the scope of a project?
The project scope is simply a description of the work you are agreeing to do. It also describes the limitations and constraints of the project.
Scope Statements are important.
This means that project scope is crucial to understand and get right. It all depends on how much you are being paid to do the work. The extent (or scope) of that work will vary.
Clients and stakeholders want to know the exact cost of their services. Projects are by nature constrained. Stakeholders want information about the project’s boundaries, the process, and who will be involved. They also want to know how the WBS (work breakdown system) translates into actual work and the deliverables.
If the client or stakeholder is paying more, more will be included in the scope. Usually, less will be included in the scope.
You can create project scope statements in many ways. They are often a key responsibility for digital project managers and producers.
Bulletproof scope statements can not only save your bacon, but also save your business’ bacon. If things go sour, it can be your saving grace.
Let me edit that.
When things go sour, your scope statements will be your saving grace.
This article will provide you with a wealth of project scope statement examples to help you in your project.
You’ll learn 5 solid tips and tricks to make sure your scope of work statements are bulletproof. Also, there will be examples statements that you can re-purpose. Finally, you’ll feel proud and confident about this important legal document.
We won’t be covering how to create a Statement of Work, or any of the project estimations that feed into it, because those are already covered in other guides.
What is a Project Scope Statement?
A project scope statement outlines the work that will be done and the parameters.
The scope statement defines the scope of the project. The scope statements define:
What’s being delivered?
What is not being delivered (or beyond scope)
Assumptions to clarify deliverables
Clarifications are required for any of the above
Statement of Work (SoW), which is usually included in a project scope statement, can also be used to provide details for an estimate.
Scope statements are used to define deliverables. However, they can also be used to describe individual components in a statement of work.
Types of Project Scope Statement
Overview: What the project is, why it’s happening and what it will accomplish (overview).
Who is approving (governance).
How the project will be completed (approach + Phases + Tasks)
What will be produced (deliverables).
When will it be