Chapter 1: Defining Project Scope

Exam Objectives

check.png Using the project charter, lessons learned, and requirements gathering techniques, such as interviews, brainstorming, focus groups, and so on, assess the detailed project requirements, assumptions, and constraints to determine project deliverables.

check.png Deconstruct the project into a WBS in order to manage the project scope.

Everything in the project is a function of the project and product scope. Therefore, getting the scope right and managing it effectively are the best ways to ensure project success.

Gathering requirements will transition your project from the Initiation process group into the Planning process group. If you need a refresher on process groups, review Book I, Chapter 4. The Planning process group comprises 24 percent of the questions on the PMP exam. The content in this chapter covers the first three processes in the Planning process group. Your ability to fully identify, document, organize, and control requirements and scope is the difference between a successful project and a nightmare!

This chapter starts with collecting requirements. After you know your requirements, then you can define the scope with a scope statement. After your scope is understood, you develop a work breakdown structure (WBS) to organize the ...

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