Quick Reminders about Project Scope
Scope can be described as:
- What do you want to do
- To what level of quality
- Within what time period
Using the SMART acronym this will assist you in defining your scope, hopefully at the beginning of your project, and not after you’ve already started:
- Specific –> What are you trying to accomplish, specifically?
- Measurable –> How do you quantify what you’re going to do?
- Achievable –> Break down your project into smaller, more achievable tasks. You can’t “eat the elephant” all at once story.
- Realistic –> Can it be done with relative ease?
- Timely –> What are the time constraints that you have, or when would you like something done by?
Once the work starts, what are you doing that is “out of scope?” Those efforts, sometimes, are the Level Of Effort (LOE) items that simply aren’t quantifiable, but still need to get done.
If some activity has a deliverable (something quantifiable), it should be documented as part of the scope. If not documented, this quickly morphs into Scope Creep, aka, the never-ending-program that will drive you crazy … and your customer as well.