Validate Scope

This article contains most of the important information you need to know about Validate Scope process in order to answer questions related to this topic in the PMP Exam, I recommend you review this type of articles 1 week before your exam date, all information mentioned are based on PMBOK Guide 6th edition and PMP Exam Prep 9th edition for Rita Maclhy’s, ITTO refers to Inputs, Tools & Techniques and outputs.

This process is a part of Monitor and Control Process group and Scope Management Knowledge Area with the following ITTO’s


  1. Project Management Plan
  2. Project Documents
  3. Verified Deliverables
  4. Work Performance Data

Tools & Techniques:

  1. Inspection
  2. Decision making techniques


  1. Accepted Deliverables
  2. Change Requests
  3. Work Performance information
  4. Project Document updates


  • It’s the process of formalizing acceptance of the completed project deliverables; it brings objectivity to the acceptance process and increases the probability of the product, service or result acceptance by validating each deliverable.
  • In this process the verified deliverables obtained from control quality process are reviewed with the customer or sponsor.
  • Validate Scope Process actually involves frequent, planned meetings with the customer or sponsor to gain formal acceptance of deliverables during project monitoring and controlling.
  • It can be done at the end of each project phase during project life cycle and at other points throughout the project.
  • Validate scope is done with customer multiple times in one project.
  • Validate scope process results in formal acceptance by the customer of deliverables.
  • Validate scope process is a must even in case of early cancelation or termination of the project to save any usable deliverables for other projects.
  • Quality Control and Validates Scope processes are confusing , you need to know the following:
  1. Quality Control is done first
  2. Quality control is done by quality department as they check to see if requirements specified are met.
  3. In validate scope the customer checks and hopefully accept.

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