The Meaning of 'Scope' in Project Management

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The Meaning of 'Scope' in Project Management
Gillian Harris, Management Consultant, Australia, Member
Because the word 'scope' is a verb, a noun, a process and a description, when specifying its elements, it confuses students unnecessarily. So lets start to use clearer language:
  • To scope = to specify constraints (verb)
  • The scope = the specific cost, time and quality measure in a unique combination as intended for a specific project or task (noun)
  • The scope summary = A high level description of above specifics to help guide future trade-off decisions w.r.t. the 3 scope elements, typically included in a Scope Definition Report / Project Definition Report (description of the noun)
  • The scope process = the mechanism to adjust the constraints to deliver the project objective (Is this a present participle? Could we replace it with "scoping"? This is the facilitation of the changes.
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