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Project Management for the Beginner, Part 1 - by Amanda Mittra

Tips and Strategies for Writing a Scope of Work Document

Every project that is undertaken by a business organization requires a scope of work outlined. This chapter takes the reader through the basic requirements for writing a Scope of Work document.

What to Include

A scope of work is like THE RULE BOOK of a project. Irrespective of the kind of project or the size and duration of a project's life cycle, every business project requires a scope statement or scope of work. It is not an easy task to outline a scope of work as there are many variables that influence a project, many deliverables to carry out, and many projected expectations to accomplish. A project manager is required to draft out the scope of work statement, and hence the art of writing a scope of work for a project is one of the essential skills project managers should master.

Writing a Scope of Work

Every project manager should know how to write a scope of work for a project. Since it is the main official document that initiates the start of the project and guides it along its different phases, it should outline features such as

  • deliverables
  • resources
  • projections
  • manpower
  • cost and
  • schedule

It is not easy to balance out these variables ... but if done in a systematic, orderly and clear manner, the result can be an effective Scope of Work document.


Back Cover Version:

'Project Management for the Beginner - Part 1: Initiation & Planning’ is a handy guide for a project management student or an amateur project manager. It is designed to convey the basics of a project and what one, with little experience can expect to encounter. Take a tour through the phases of a project as the author touches on various aspects of a project's life cycle. This book is the first part of the ‘Project Management for the Beginner’ series and gives an in depth description of Project Initiation and Planning.

 

Amanda Mittra Author: Amanda Mittra

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