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Scope Management in Projects and Contracts

Duration: 1 Day 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Continuing Education Hours: 8

Workshop Description:

This course covers scope definition, planning, verification, and control. Included are the creation of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), WBS dictionary, work packages with attendant activities and deliverables, and the scope/performance baseline. Additional topics include scope creep, gold plating of requirements, auditing/testing/inspection as basis for scope verification, requirements management/scope control during project and contract execution, and the role and components of a change management system. Exercises are used throughout the course to ensure participant understanding of the content.

Who Should Attend:
  • Anyone who creates or manages contracts, or is involved in planning, executing, or managing projects.
  • Anyone who is involved in determining the scope of a project or contract.
Course/Workshop topics:
  • Explain scope definition in project and contract planning, validation and control.
  • Describe the role that the Statement of Work (SOW) and WBS play in establishing the scope/performance baseline.
  • Understand the creation and use of work packages in the WBS which contain activities and deliverables.
  • Explain scope validation and scope control.
  • Define the components and functions of a properly operating change control system.
Benefits of Attendance participants will:
  • Understand the significance of defining the scope of a project or contract.
  • Describe the basic approaches to eliciting and determining the requirements of the effort.
  • Define the process of developing the scope statement and then producing the statement of work (SOW) for the project or contract.
  • Recognize the utility of using a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
  • Explain the composition of the WBS dictionary items.
  • Describe the source and use of the master list of project or contracting activities.
  • Understand the components of a properly functions change/configuration control system.
  • Define the purpose and approach of scope monitoring and control.
  • Recognize the presence and causes of "scope creep".
  • Describe functions of examining (auditing/inspecting/testing) deliverables (quality control) and accepting them (scope validation).


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