Join Bob McGannon for an in-depth discussion in this video Developing an integrated project scope, part of Project Management Foundations: Integration (2015).
- Have you ever bought a car?…If you have, you would know…that the added extras are a killer.…You walk in to buy the car you like…and by the time you walk out,…you'll have a luxury package, an upgraded suspension,…and you didn't even know you needed them.…Just about all project managers have experienced this…at some time in their career.…They call it scope creep.…The project gets off track and ends up…taking longer and costing more money.…By the time it reaches the closure stage,…the project bears little resemblance…to its original objectives.…
This can be avoided by having a clearly defined…controlled and integrated project scope.…Scope drives all the other elements of your project.…So when considering a change,…it's important to consider the impact not only…on your own project but other projects and the business.…A change to scope will mean making new assumptions.…Making new assumptions means taking new risks.…Taking new risks means amending your schedule,…amending your budget, and so on.…
Care needs to be taken to ensure these changes do not…
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- Assess how to plan for integration.
- Identify the cost and risk of a project.
- Communicate effectively with stakeholders.
- Determine how to staff the integration.
- Analyze how to manage critical project interrelationships.