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Project Scope and Project Success

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DISCUSSION #2 : CHALLENGE EVERYTHING

Read chapter 1 of the Gray & Larson text. Select a statement to challenge and briefly explain your rationale. Also, remember to contribute to the discussions of other student's challenges.

Scope Control

According to the textbook "Research clearly shows that a poorly defined scope is the most frequently mentioned barrier to project success." How do you interpret this statement? What techniques does your own organization use (or what should you use) to define and control project scope?

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1. According to the textbook "Research clearly shows that a poorly defined scope is the most frequently mentioned barrier to project success." How do you interpret this statement? What techniques does your own organization use (or what should you use) to define and control project scope?

This discussion is about the question: "Research clearly shows that a poorly defined scope is the most frequently mentioned barrier to project success." The statement speaks for itself in that research shows that when projects fail, project mangers tie it back to one main barrier to success that of the poorly defined scope. This is true for several reasons. For example, defining the project scope sets the stage for developing the project plan. If the scope is poorly defined, therefore, so is the project plan and without a clear plan the project will likely fail. The second reason has to do with definition. Because the project scope is the definition of the end result or mission of the project -a product or service for your customer (Gray & Larson, 2002), therefore, by definition, the scope of the project is essential to the success of the project.

This means that the project scope should therefore be developed by the manager and customer. The project manager is responsible for seeing that ...

Solution Summary

This solution interprets the statement: "Research clearly shows that a poorly defined scope is the most frequently mentioned barrier to project success." It also discusses techniques used in organizations to define and control project scope.

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