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The scope tag is used for questions about how to effectively manage the scope of a project. Also, use this tag for scope-reduction questions.

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What is the difference between scope creep and scope gap?

As per understanding from given link, scope creep is unapproved additional works, requirements or features of a new product. But I am not clear about: what, then, is scope gap? As per definition, ...
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Best way to report impact of accepting additional work in scope?

Org I work in is trying to be agile, but often struggles with respecting the committed scope during a sprint and keeps forcing us to accept new work. This is coming at a cost; happiness and quality. ...
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Should impact on schedule because of scope change be reported as delay?

In my company, if there is any delay in the schedule I need to report the delay-reason and countermeasure. Sometimes this delay happens because of scope change. My question is: Should I report it as ...
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How do I begin scoping a project I have little knowledge of? [closed]

I have no experience in scoping things. The projects I've worked on since I've started have been scoped and I just do what is asked in the stories and features. My current task is scoping an upcoming ...
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How to define out of scope for dependent function?

I am doing a project which have defined required functions for delivery assuming Function A. During the requirement collection, it is found that the function depends on Function B which should be ...
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What techniques do you use to establish scope in agile

More than communications skills, lean techniques to discard useless features with no value, more than ask "what do you want?" or "is there anything else?" to the customer. Reading the book Agile ...
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How to represent an iterative sprint within your schedule list

In an agile approach we can use tools like kanban to plan, measure and monitor sprints. But when we need to use schedule systems like MS Project or any other online collaboration tool that works like ...
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How do you respond to Out of Scope requests?

In my software development project, the type of contract is fixed and the client gave the requirements. In the requirements, there are detailed specifications The client then asked for additional work ...
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Can Fixed Scope/Variable Timescale be Agile?

I have an ongoing argument - our delivery manager tried to introduce a "release after 3 sprints" pattern into our teams. Unfortunately, like many businesses, the actual work can be x number of ...
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How to deal with scope creep overloading Dev Team?

Our product doesn't have a defined and written roadmap, which is causing the devteam to receive last-minute requests from some managers. We will be implementing a roadmap to let all people involved ...
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Problem with estimate, scope and programmer [closed]

What will you do as a project manager if the programmer is asking for overtime pay due to additional hours spent to additional user stories that was not planned on the initial estimate, but when you ...
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Removing items from the sprint backlog due to emergency

There is a lot of good debate here about changing the scope of a sprint backlog due to normal work circumstances; PO wants a new story, a dependency didn't materialize, etc. In our case one of the ...
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What kind of requirements will be excluded from project scope?

There is one sentence at P120 5.3 Define scope (PMBOK 5th) confuse me a lot, it says: The key benefit of this process is that it describes the project, ..... by defining which of the requirements ...
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How to apply project management on IT Infrastructure sector (with daily priority tasks)

Nowadays the infrastructure IT team is struggling on manage their projects because urgent daily tasks (out of the project) or new projects are gaining priority over their actual projects. Due to this ...
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How can I force an epic to have a limited/finite scope?

Background I'm working for a web development agency. I take responsibility for managing the work that the developers in our company do for our client. We're using JIRA for task management. Epics ...
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Are Delighters equivalent to Gold Plating?

Is there a link / similarity between the delighters mentioned in Kano model and gold plating? Do both these terms define the same concept? Can a delighter be a cause for a project failure?
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Managing scope creep in Agile

I often get asked this question in the interview, and no matter what I answer the interviewers do not seem to get satisfied. So, they start with asking how to manage scope creep in Project Management?...
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Is signing off projects supposed to be hard?

I generally find signing off projects hard. Every time I think that I am about to sign the project off, something crops up unexpectedly with the client asking for last minute amendments. This can ...
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How (and in what units) to measure the product scope?

Short version: How and in which units is it better to measure the product scope (volume of incoming requirements / amount of business functionality) if different parts of product (different ...
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How to minimize scope creep?

Scope creep can easily transform a good project into a distressed one. What are the methods for minimizing continuous expansion of project requirements?
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Managing scope changes and timelines for graphic design components of a project

Our team mostly does web application projects, working directly with our clients. For projects without a public-facing interface, design is rarely a major issue. Nearly every project that involves a ...
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Change Request to change scope

We're running a project and we come to conclusion that the approach used in the project to handle the business issue is not performing as expected. We're changing the scope of the project to meet the ...
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How should a project manager handle a request for contracted software to produce twice as many reports as specified in the project's requirements?

I have joined a late-phase software project and there is a great deal of disagreement between my management and the client about work items they are claiming to be outstanding. In short, our business ...
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How to manage business and technical requirements?

According to Gojko Adzic book "Specification by example" we have to separate business and technical requirements. In our company we have tech req's in Given/When/Then format. How about business ...
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Vendor selection being squeezed in as project's scope - how to best respond?

In one of projects, the customer is trying to include the vendor selection as part of the fixed cost project. While the scope of the fixed cost project clearly says to work with "an external system ...
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In what ways does a project charter differ from a project scope?

Under PMBOK methodology, how would you explain the difference between a 'project charter' and a 'project scope' to a stakeholder unfamiliar with the PM process?
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Avoid to kill project without reducing scope

Within a project, we develop an application. The project is set up as follows: The overall application is divided into four different "level". We completed one of those levels in four month. We use ...
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How shall developers clarify PBI during its implementation?

Should developers have direct communication with stakeholders during Product Backlog Items implementation for their clarification. Or should all communication go through Product Owner? On the Scrum ...
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Should I remove a User Story from a Sprint in progress if I know we can't complete it?

In the sprint can we remove (move to the upcoming sprint) the planned stories (mid sprint), if we are 100% sure we can’t complete them? Example given: Suppose we planned to 5 stories to be completed ...
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How can I manage a rapidly changing copy deck with a fixed deadline?

One of the projects I am managing is the creation of a large website for a very sensitive client. I am in a position where it's crunch time and I am being asked to promise on delivery dates for ...
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What is the difference between requirement and scope?

Scope is divided into two categories: Product scope, which is the features and functions that characterize a product, service, or result, and; Project scope, which is all the work needed to deliver a ...
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Comprehensive single requirement docs vs. multiple atomic ones

First of all, let me make it clear that I am a software developer and that I am writing this ISO help with my desire to agile-ize my project management and get a buy-in for changing some general ...
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What does a “Contingency” Plan involve? [closed]

For example, if lack of resource commitment is identified as an issue, then what would the contingency plan look like? does it have a specific structure? what key factors must I consider when ...
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WBS (work breakdown structure) vs SRS (software requirements specification document)

I am new to project management and need a clarification. I want to create the work break down structure for a software project. The definition is that WBS must contain 100% of the work. How can I ...
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Reduce Scope or Kill the Project?

My goal is to implement business application. I have 10 days to complete, and my estimation says that i need 40 days. In a team there are two programmers and one programmer-PM. I assume one ...
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What to do when someone says “that is not an acceptable solution”?

I've been running into this a lot lately between bosses and clients. I am told about a problem where there is only 1 solution. e.g.: When asked to create a job posting and in describing what we do: ...
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Does a Product Owner submit to Change Control before re-grooming Product Backlog?

In your experience, have you found it beneficial to enforce Change Control upon a Product Owner after the Product Backlog has been agreed? IE If he/she wishes to change the scope by adding in/taking ...
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How to track impact on planning due to scope changes?

I face a recurrent issue where actual work done for my projects by team constantly surpasses the planned work for the same. Primary reason being scope changes that leads to inclusion of new ...
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Can we add more user stories to the Sprint Backlog if the requirements change during a sprint?

We are currently working on a project where we receive a lot of change requests, and the client insists that we should deliver the changes in the current sprint! Can I add the new work to the sprint ...
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How can I plan a project that has undefined scope associated with learning new skills?

The client has set (and we have agreed to) the deadline for a project. In order to complete the project, the team needs to master a new tool chain including Selenium and Java. How do I establish a ...
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How to prevent top managers setting unrealistic expectations with a customer?

Currently we're working on a project where top management is providing unrealistic estimates to our customers, especially in terms of the number of bugs that we can fix. We are not talking just about ...
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How do you professionally manage the whole procedure of a small web project?

I am a web designer/developer and I take some projects from individual clients that include the whole construction procedure of a website. That includes: planning wireframing communication with ...
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Can someone explain the Requirements Traceability Matrix purpose?

So I was taking a sample scope management test online, and Question #9 stumped me -- the question on the traceability matrix. Can someone please explain why b is better than c? Below is the direct ...
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Ongoing Development and Maintenance: Should I break it up into small projects, or keep one open project and keep adding milestones?

I have to manage ongoing development and maintenance of a client's web domain. There are many ideas for features to add in the future. I was wondering what the best practice would be for an ongoing ...
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How can I complete a project with unfixed requirements from the client?

How can I politely ask a customer to participate in the design of the deliverables before we begin work? I have received a content update and brochure design job from client. Unfortunately it is so ...
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How does the team deliver consistent velocity when user stories are de-scoped mid-way through a sprint?

We are using the Rally tool for managing our sprints. Mid-way through one of the sprints, the Product Owner de-scoped two user stories. These two stories are complex user stories carrying 8 story ...
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How do you set an initial duration for agile projects?

I am researching agile methodologies for my organization. My question is this: How do you prevent a project from running for far too long while using agile? You can be writing requirements while ...
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Can the scale of a project be considered a constraint?

The triple constraints are listed as Time, Cost and Scope. PMBOK 4th Edition lists 6 project constraints: Cost, Time, Scope, Quality, Risk, and Resources. Can the scale of a project be considered a ...
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Is there a difference between change management for scope, cost and schedule?

Is there a difference between change management for scope, cost and schedule? Is the flow of the change management for all three areas the same?
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Accounting for scope growth in agile development

I work on a lot of small, agile software projects without huge up-front requirements; just ideas that I flesh out over time. Generally, development follows these stages: Prototype (couple of days) ...