This article contains most of the important information you need to know about Define 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 Planning Process group and Scope Management Knowledge Area with the following ITTO’s
- Project Management Plan
- Project Charter
- Project Documents
- Enterprise Environmental factors
- Organizational process assets
Tools & Techniques:
- Expert Judgment
- Data Analysis
- Decision making
- Interpersonal & Team skills
- Product Analysis
- Project Scope Statement
- Project Document Updates
- Define scope process is concerned with what is and is not included in the project and it’s deliverables , it is continues process as project progress and will be iterated.
- The process of developing a detailed description of the project and product.
- In Iterative life cycle projects , the define scope process can be very iterative , as a high level vision will be developed for the overall project, but the detailed scope will be defined one iteration at a time .
- Product analysis is the major tool used in this process, Project Scope statement is the major output of this process.
- Product Analysis : analyze project objectives and product description stated by the customer to turn them into deliverables , it make sure product and project scope is well understood .
- Value Engineering : it is a part of product analysis technique , it is about finding alternatives to constraints to improve product and reduce cost while maintaining the required scope.
- The main output of this process is Project scope of statement which is part of the Scope Baseline , Scope Statement should include the following :
- Product Scope description
- Project Scope
- Acceptance criteria
- What is not part of the project- Project exclusions
- Detailed assumptions and constraints ( High level ones are created in initiating )