111 Module 1: Broadbrush Plan: Scope Definition

The first step in the IT project management process is the hardest one, unfortunately. In this step you will define the scope of the project and define its success in numbers or measurable terms. While this is an IT project and you will work on the systems, the systems work itself is not the scope. The scope is the business outcome the user sponsor wants from the project. If you know what they want, you have a much higher probability of them being satisfied with your work.

Essential_Mod1.003Too many IT project managers build to a set of system specs and work from a to-do list or a list of activities. Then they’re surprised when the sponsor is not happy with the project result. Those project managers failed to identify the real scope of the project and how the sponsor would measure it.


What If I Don’t Do The Scope Correctly?

If you don’t accurately define the project’s scope, you will have a dissatisfied sponsor and users. Plus you’ll probably finish late and over budget. That’s because without a good scope definition you will not be able to control the scope of the project. It will expand every week, getting bigger and bigger, without corresponding increases to the schedule or budget. A solid scope statement lets you control changes. You will be able to get additional time and budget for adding the changes and you’ll have a happy sponsor and users. That’s why accurate scope definition is a critical step in the IY project management process.


There are 3 videos below.

1. BroadBrush Plan: Scope Definition Lecture Video


2. Vailcrest Corporation Executives Video

Meet the characters in the IT project case study you will work on throughout the course.


3. Bad/Good Project Manager in Action Video

Watch a project manager mishandle the scope definition meeting with the project sponsor. Then see the same project manager do it the right way.


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