Project Management

5 Things You’ve Forgotten from Your Project Scope

Developing a project scope is one of the first things a project manager does, and it is all too easy to become distracted and lose focus about what the scope really is. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Elizabeth Harrin shares a few different items that are often not associated with project scope, but should be:

  1. Training
  2. Onboarding new team members
  3. What do you get from this?
  4. Say thank you.
  5. The handover

A Day to Remember

The first question that should be asked is if the current project team, with their skills and abilities, can actually deliver the results desired. Experience cannot be trained, but you can help educate people with the technical skills they may need. Bringing a new person onto a team takes time and can cost money; therefore, it should certainly be an aspect of scope. New people are often brought aboard because someone leaves or they are needed elsewhere, and the project scope can help illustrate this.

When you are developing your plan for a project, do you include yourself as a stakeholder? Well, you should, because you have a vested interest in the success of the project. Perhaps this will help you with career growth or maybe present the opportunity to travel overseas. If the only thing you are really taking away from this specific project is a paycheck, it may be a sign that you should take your skills elsewhere.

Adding the celebration of success explicitly in a project scope is a great thing. This creates the expectation that there will indeed be success to celebrate, and it serves as a reminder not to rush into the next project before congratulating everyone involved.

Lastly, handing over the project to the business team is probably already in your project scope, but it might not start early enough. This whole process should begin long before the project closure phase commences. There should still be a formal handover, but involving the business team early helps the transition to be smoother.

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