Scope Statement Development Instructions
The scope statement is an agreement among the project team, the project sponsor and key stakeholders. It represents a common understanding of the project for the purpose of facilitating communication among the stakeholders and for setting authorities and limits for the project manager and team. The scope statement includes relating the project to business objectives, and defining the boundaries of the project in multiple dimensions including approach, deliverables, milestones, and budget.
Table of Contents
A. Executive Summary 3
B. Business Objectives 3
C. Project Description 4
D. Project Approach 8
E. Project Estimates 8
F. Project Controls 10
G. Authorizations 12
H. Scope Statement Approval Form/Signatures 13
A. Executive Summary
Provide a brief summary of the project using the Project Charter and/or Business Case as a basis for this text.
B. Business Objectives
1. Business Need/Opportunity/Objectives
The business need/opportunity should be stated in business terms and should provide an understanding of:
▪ What created the need, or how the opportunity was recognized
▪ The magnitude of the need/opportunity
▪ Contributing factors, such as workload increases or staff reductions, and fiscal constraints
▪ An understanding of the extent to which the need/opportunity would be addressed if an appropriate alternative were implemented
▪ The consequences for the State and its customers if the need or opportunity is not addressed.
Understanding the magnitude of the need or opportunity, the Program will be better able to estimate reasonable amounts of resources to expend in responding to it, and the extent to which a response will resolve it.
A statement of the business vision helps ensure traceability in the project. Business goals and objectives are linked back to the...