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Writing for Business: Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges by Harvard Business School Press

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Scope Your Project

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BEFORE YOU BEGIN writing any document, you should “scope” the project. Scoping means determining the breadth of your subject and deciding how deeply you will cover it. A good job of scoping will save you and your audience unnecessary time and work.

Broad versus limited scope

In scoping a project, you can look at your subject either broadly or narrowly. For example, a broad scope report on weaknesses in your company’s marketing function might include the following:

  • How marketing contributes to corporate goals
  • Historical development of the company’s marketing department
  • Marketing’s human resources
  • Areas of specific performance ...

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