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Project Scope


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Definition: The project scope is the definition of what the project is supposed to accomplish and the budget of both time and money that has been created to achieve these objectives.

Best results are achieved when both the definition and the budget are precise and detailed. A good project scope document defines specifically what tasks are to be performed or results delivered. It defines the specific date when these deliverables are due and lists the budget allocated for them.

It is not uncommon for the project scope document to also list specific items that are not part of the project scope and thus are excluded from the work to be delivered. For example, a project to build a house might stipulate that obtaining environmental permits is to be done by the owner and is outside the project scope of the contractor building the house.

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Also Known As: Project Requirements, Project Goals
The project scope was the delivery of a one-page web site, conforming to the project specifications, within 2 weeks.

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