Case Study: Scope Management

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INSTRUCTOR’S RESOURCE MANUAL

CHAPTER FIVE
Scope Management

To Accompany PROJECT MANAGEMENT:
Achieving Competitive Advantage

By
Jeffrey K. Pinto

CHAPTER FIVE PROJECT PROFILE — Airbus A380: Plane of the Future or Enormous White Elephant? Introduction 5.1 CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT The Statement of Work 5.2 THE SCOPE STATEMENT The Work Breakdown Structure Purpose of the Work Breakdown Structure The Organization Breakdown Structure The Responsibility Assignment Matrix 5.3 WORK AUTHORIZATION 5.4 SCOPE
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What are the primary benefits of developing a comprehensive project scope analysis? A comprehensive project scope analysis serves several benefits that permit a company to guide the dream of a project to a successful completion. One benefit is transforming the idea of the project into a working concept. Once the concept is developed, project details can be mapped out. Scope analysis outlines each step of the project in a detailed manner. The primary benefit to this is it aligns the project so that the final product will be consisted with the original goals/objectives. By outlining each step, scope analysis increases the likelihood that the project will stay within budget and time constraints as well as meet predetermined specifications and quality parameters.

2. Refer to the Bradley Fighting Vehicle case at the end of the chapter (Case Study 5.3). When is “Scope creep” useful and when is it dangerous? Under what circumstances might an organization refuse to freeze design specifications for valid reasons (e.g. Microsoft)? Scope creep occurs when the project
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