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Defining the scope of a project is the process of developing a detailed description of the project and product (PMBOK, 2013, pg 105). According to Shelly and Rosenblatt (2011, pg 74), defining the scope means to precisely define the specific extent of the project. For example, a statement that reads "the project scope is to modify the accounts payable system", is not as specific as the statement "the project is to allow customers to inquire online about account balances and recent expense payments".   In the article by Khan, Project Scope Management, scope planning has an intermediate stage, but once the scope definition begins, details of the scope are identified down to the work package level (Khan, 2006, pg 14). Defining a scope can be extremely iterative. In project scope development, a high level vision will be developed initially for projects, but as more information is received about the project, the boundaries and scope of the project will be... read more

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