Every IT project relies on its project scope for its success. A clearly and well-defined project scope is a must for every project for it sets the limitations or the boundaries of a specific IT project. Without a clearly defined project scope, the purpose of the project may not be met resulting to a project failure. Project scope involves the collection of necessary data or information to be able to come up with a well-defined scope and limitations of the project and this will serve as the guiding principle for the whole project. It should also set what is expected from the project. Ideally, a project should never commence without having set the project scope. Project scope management, on the other hand, is how the resources, time, money and the project scope per se is divided and managed for the whole duration of the project. (Witch, 2009)
Below is an example of a project scope with its specific objectives:
The purpose of the project is to create a school website that can be used as a source of reliable and quality information about the college and as a medium to improve quality service to the college’s stakeholders. The following are its specific deliverables:
- students to view news/school events as well as post replies to discussion topics
- each viewer/guests to view the webpages as well as download forms.
- administrators to manage user accounts (block/unblock users and create users)
- provides interactive information exchange among the schools stakeholders
- provides reliable and up-to-date information on school activities and programs
- serves as a promotional tool of the school
- serves as a transparency board
Project quality management surely can help with scope management, project time management and project cost management. A project with poor quality management follows can affect the project’s scope, time and cost management. If quality is not the priority of management then the scope may not be met, or the project may be overpriced even if it was done on time or it may results with a rushly done project where the expected deliverables are not met according to the quality desired.
Frederick, NC (2009).Project Quality Mangement. Retrieved from http://ncifrederick.cancer.gov/Staff/ProjectManagement/ProjectQualityManagement.aspx
CIO (2013). How to define scope of project. Retrieved from http://www.cio.com.au/article/401353/how_define_scope_project/
Witch, Darren (2009). Project Scope Management. Retrieved from http://www.umsl.edu/~sauterv/analysis/6840_f09_papers/Wich/scopemanagement.html