Scope Statement Mistakes to Avoid as a Project Manager

Adriana Girdler

Creating your project scope statement? Don’t make these common mistakes! Your scope statement is one of the most important aspects of your project – especially …

Creating your project scope statement? Don’t make these common mistakes!

Your scope statement is one of the most important aspects of your project – especially in the beginning.

There are some common scope statement mistakes project managers make, and I want to make sure YOU avoid those mistakes so you can create a scope statement that starts your project on the right foot.

Mistake #1: Not involving the right stakeholders

You can draft your project scope, but you should never finalize it on your own.

Your stakeholders should be involved because they have requirements, needs, and specific expectations that you just might not be aware of.

If you don’t involve your stakeholders in your scope statement creation and finalization, you’re bound to have problems on your project.

Mistake #2: Ignoring assumptions

Sometimes in the beginning of a project, it’s difficult to outline assumptions for a project you haven’t started.

But it’s so important to understand and highlight assumptions. Ask yourself questions like:

  • Are people expecting you to do everything?
  • Is there enough resourcing for this project or are assumptions being made about how much resourcing is needed?
  • Do you have assumptions about who is going to be on your team?

Ignoring assumptions has a detrimental impact on your project. So, your scope statement is the place where you want to highlight the key assumptions. That way, everyone can review those assumptions together and correct what needs to be corrected.

More scope statement mistakes to avoid

I have a whole list of common scope statement mistakes to avoid PLUS examples to help you understand how to apply these tips to your projects. Head over to YouTube with me and we’ll keep chatting there.

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Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of SLAY Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

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