Plan a successful project management scope

Many people struggle to define, manage and maintain a project management scope. The reason for that is that project managers find it hard to see the whole picture before the project completes. The scope has actually 2 parts in it: the project scope and the product scope.

1- The project scope: it consists of all the required work that should be done to complete the project successfully. When a project manager plans to define this scope, he should always put into consideration the product scope. This scope actually takes care of all the HOWs in a given project, so if a PM could handle this part, he will be able to manage and track every task within its project easily.

Project management scope
Plan your project management scope more effectively

2- The product scope: the only reason for a project is to get a useful product or service. The product scope is what your product will look like after it’s finished. A project manager can define a product by envisioning its features and characteristics after it is done. The only way that a PM could know is by surveying the product audience (people who are going to benefit from the product or service) as they know how a product can assist and help them in their life or work.

As you know, the key element to every successful project management scope is good planning. Drawing a good map for you project, will make you and your team work properly and easily. Although, what most PM fail in is the requirement gathering phase. To many experts, the reason for this is the lack of experience, knowledge and vision. Some times a project manager knows exactly what he wants but many stakeholders shut him down because they think the product doesn’t have something to create or add.

You know why most successful project managers keep saying and emphasizing that “customer is king”. Well I’m sure that it may have crossed to your mind that it is because customers are the only factor which can determine what your product will add. Listening to hunches will not make you get away with it because it doesn’t matter if you think that a product will be helpful unless customers say so. If you listen to your customers and put them in mind when going forward with you project, then and only then you’ll be able to draw and define a successful project management scope.

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