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Chapter 16. Risk, Scope, and Issue Track... > Project Scope Management - Pg. 152

Risk, Scope, and Issue Tracking Project Scope Management The most commonly cited issues for challenged projects are: · Lack of executive support · Lack of stakeholder input · Incomplete or changing requirements, specifications, and objectives · Unrealistic expectations [1] A project's scope is the clear identification of the work required to successfully complete or deliver a given project. One of the project manager's responsibilities is to ensure that only the required work (the scope) will be performed and that each of the deliverables can be completed in the allotted time and within budget. Project scope control and management is often overlooked in the management ranks. However, the impact of lax scope control on the organization, its customers, and its employees' careers can be devastating. Scope management is not someone else's problem; executives have to recognize this threat and establish effective internal controls that deal with this often invisible and consistently underestimated risk. Scope management helps avoid challenged projects. Scope defines what is or is not included in the project, and controls what gets added or removed as the project proceeds. Scope management establishes control processes to address factors that may result in project change during the project life cycle. Project changes that impact