Plan Scope Management

This article contains most of the important information you need to know about Plan scope management 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


  1. Project Management Plan ( Quality Management Plan , Project life cycle description , Development approach )
  2. Project Charter
  3. Organizational Process Assets
  4. Enterprise Environmental Factors

Tools & Techniques:

  1. Expert Judgment
  2. Data Analysis ( Alternative Analysis )
  3. Meetings


  1. Scope Management Plan
  2. Requirements Management Plan


  • Product Scope: Product deliverables with their associated features and functions, the resulting product is compared to the product requirements.
  • Project Scope: The work the project will do to deliver the product of the project, the results is compared to the scope baseline and project management plan.
  • The development of the scope management plan and the detailing of the project scope begin with the analysis of information contained in the project charter.
  • As a project manager you must be able to control the scope, no one can request or add work that is not related to the reason documented in the charter for initiating the project.
  • Scope management plan is about defining what work is required and making sure that this work and only is done, once it is prepared it should be formally approved.
  • Scope management plan is part of the project or program management plan that describes how the scope will be defined , developed , monitored , controlled and validated .
  • All requirements gathered should be evaluated against scope in order to determine what is in and out from scope against project business case.
  • Plan Scope management Process outputs are:
  1. Scope management plan: contains how scope will be planned, executed and controlled.
  2. Requirements management plan: describes the method you intend to use to identify requirements.
  • Gold Plating: Adding extras to the scope which customer didn’t ask for in order to exceed expectations , It is not allowed !

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