Project Scope: Scope is simply a statement of what the project intends to accomplish. This seems like a no brainer, but in my experience, the scope of a project is often conveyed informally, perhaps even verbally. When you aren't crystal clear about the scope of a project, your team members will walk away with different understandings of what they are trying to accomplish.
The scope of your project needs to be written down, and reviewed with your project team. For a small project, the project scope could take two hours to write, one hour for each team member to review individually, and one hour for the scope to be reviewed collectively by the entire project team. When you're leading a project, remember that the only way to be successful is for your project team to have a complete understanding of what they need to do individually, and a complete understanding of what is being accomplished by the project team.
- Who will evaluate the project deliverables and the success criteria to deem the project a success.
- Who is responsible for communicating or marketing the completed project.
- Everyone who's playing a role on the overall success of the project, and their team role.
You may have noticed that we are focusing on project management, rather than project execution. Project execution is too broad of a project to be covered in a blog series, but as this series unfolds, many best practices will be revealed. These best practices will help you smoothly execute the projects you're managing.