4.2. Developing the Preliminary Project Scope Statement (PMBOK, Section 4.2)

All projects need a project scope statement. This document defines what the project needs to accomplish in order for the project to be deemed complete. The project, in its infancy, is defined in the preliminary project scope statement. Like its name implies, this document is preliminary to the project work and much of the project planning. The project scope statement should always include:

  • Project and product objectives

  • Service requirements and characteristics

  • Criteria for project acceptance

  • Project boundaries

  • Project requirements and deliverables

  • Constraints and assumptions

  • Initial project organization

  • Milestones

  • Initial work breakdown structure

  • Order-of-magnitude cost estimate ...

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