Project Scope Management

Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course introduces topics like collecting project requirements, defining project scope, creating work breakdown structures, and validating and controlling project scope.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 19, 2018
Duration
3h 46m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 19, 2018
Duration
3h 46m
Description

Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Scope Management is the fourth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the foundational processes of project management, found in the Project Scope Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn how project requirements are collected, prioritized, and properly defined. Then, you'll see how work breakdown structures are generated. Finally, you'll explore how project scope is validated and controlled to ensure project requirements are met. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to define your project's objectives, eliminate scope creep, and ensure your team accomplishes what's necessary to find success.

About the author
About the author

Casey has experience leading projects in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development, consumer product design, education, and event management. He's constantly in pursuit of new challenges and loves to share what he learns along the way with others.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Casey Ayers, and welcome to my course, Project Scope Management. This course is the fourth in our newly updated series, helping you prepare for the latest version of the PMP exam, which is based on the sixth edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, better known as the PMBOK Guide. By completing this course and others in our PMP prep series, you'll not only be better prepared to ace the certification exam, but, critically, will also completely fulfill the mandatory training requirement that must be met before taking the exam. The PMP, or Project Management Professional certification, is consistently listed as one of the top five most valuable certifications for IT professionals, and is also broadly applicable to a wide range of industries. Given how much new value can be created from successful projects, businesses in all sectors and of all sizes need capable project managers today. A PMP builds the skills needed to succeed and opens new doors for those with the certification. Some of the major topics we'll cover in this course include collecting project requirements, defining project scope, creating work breakdown structures, and doing the work necessary to validate and control the scope of our projects. By the end of this course, you'll gain a new appreciation for the importance of managing project scope, ensuring that our objectives remain aligned with our requirements and with underlying business needs and that, further, our team remains consistently attuned to this connection. Better scope management leads to more effective and efficient project work and ensures that what project teams create is exactly what's needed. This course and other in the series can not only help you learn more about project management and prepare for the PMP exam, but also serve as a great refresher for established project managers and as an opportunity to earn continuing education credit. I hope you'll join me on this journey to prepare for the PMP exam and learn more about project scope management here at Pluralsight.

Introduction to Project Scope Management
Hello and welcome. I'm Casey Ayers, and this is Project Scope Management, part of our course series preparing you for the PMP exam. This is the fourth course in the series. The first three include Introduction to Project Management and the PMP Exam, Organizational Influences and Project Management Lifecycle, Project Integration Management, and now Project Scope Management. In this course, we'll introduce you to the concept of project scope management. We'll look at the various processes that you find within. Those include collecting project requirements so that you know the type of work that needs to get done, refining those into a project scope that's well defined that you can follow from beginning to end, how to create a work breakdown structure and what a work breakdown structure is, how to validate project scope, and how to control it to make sure that you are indeed accomplishing that which you set out to accomplish. In this module, we'll begin with an overview of project scope management and explain the various concepts that we're going to be talking about throughout the course. Then we'll look at product scope versus project scope and compare the two. We'll look at the various components that make up a scope baseline and why having a scope baseline is important to your project. We'll overview the project scope management processes in a broad sense, and then we'll begin to dig in deep on the plan scope management process in particular. Let's get started.

Collecting Project Requirements
Welcome back. In this module, we're going to talk about collecting project requirements. First, we'll explore the collect requirements process. Then we'll look at the role of requirements in the project environment. Next, we'll take an extended look at requirement collections techniques. After that, we'll discuss the requirements traceability matrix. This module is a big one, and it's one of the most important that we'll speak about during this course or throughout the PMP series at large, so buckle up, and let's get started.

Defining Project Scope
In this module, we're going to take a look at Defining Project Scope. First, we'll help to separate requirements from project scope, show you the difference, and how we got from refining our requirements into that final formalized scope for the project. Then we'll look at the importance of defining scope; why it is that we want to be as certain as possible from the outset about what it is we're seeking to accomplish. Next, we'll look at the project scope statement and the various components that go into making one. And then finally, we'll look at the Define Project Scope process as you'll be tested on for the PMP exam, examining the different inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs that are associated with this process. Let's get started.

Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
Welcome back. In this module, we're going to look at creating work breakdown structures. First, we'll introduce work breakdown structures, explain what they are and why they're used. Then we'll look at the decomposition process where we want to break apart project tasks and objectives into smaller pieces to make them more manageable. Then we'll look at the work breakdown structure dictionary, and we'll demonstrate some work breakdown structures, show you some samples. Finally, we'll overview the Create WBS process as it's seen in the PMBOK Guide so that you'll be familiar with the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs you need to know for the PMP Exam. Let's get started.

Validating Project Scope
In this module, we're going to introduce the concept of Validating Project Scope. First, we'll talk about the value of validating project scope and what it is we seek to accomplish with this process. After that, we'll look at the process components as found in the PMBOK Guide. This'll be a brief module, so let's go ahead and get started.

Controlling Project Scope
In this module, we're going to look at Controlling Project Scope. First, we'll look at the value of controlling project scope and what we mean by trying to control it. After that, we'll look at the process components as defined in the PMBOK Guide. Let's get started.