Using examples in this book or online, describe a project that suffered from scope creep. Could it have been avoided? How? Can scope creep be a good thing? When? What can organizations do to successfully manage inevitable changes in scope that are good for business?

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is involved in project scope management, and why is good project scope management so important on IT projects?

  2. What is involved in collecting requirements for a project? Why is it often difficult to do?

  3. Discuss the process of defining project scope in more detail as a project progresses, going from information in a project charter to a project scope statement, WBS, and WBS dictionary.

  4. Describe different ways to develop a WBS and explain why it is often so difficult to do.

  5. What is the main technique used for validating scope? Give an example of scope validation on a project.

  6. Using examples in this book or online, describe a project that suffered from scope creep. Could it have been avoided? How? Can scope creep be a good thing? When? What can organizations do to successfully manage inevitable changes in scope that are good for business?

  7. Why do you need a good WBS to use project management software? What other types of software can you use to assist in project scope management?