Scope Management Plan Template


This eight-page Scope Management Plan template prompts the user to describe the project life cycle, identify unstable requirements, and specify the requirements management system(s). It describes the processes for collecting requirements and it defines the project scope. The template also provides for identifying the Work Breakdown Structure, describing scope verification processes, and establishing procedures for controlling scope. It supports development of an effective subsidiary management plan.

This Scope Management Plan template supports development of a subsidiary project management plan. It becomes one part of the Project Management Plan. Generally, the Scope Management Plan identifies what constitutes the project work and how the project work will be defined, validated, and controlled.

Our Scope Management Plan template is a comprehensive one that can be tailored to fit a wide range of project types. More specifically, this template:

  • begins with a section that captures relevant project information;
  • provides for the identification of project roles and responsibilities, as they pertain to project scope management;
  • prompts the Project Manager to describe the project lifecycle;
  • prompts the Project Manager to identify techniques for clarifying and defining unstable requirements;
  • prompts the Project Manager toidentify relevant requirements management systems;
  • establishes processes for collecting requirements and defining project scope;
  • defines the decomposition levels for creating the work breakdown structure;
  • specifies procedures for verifying project scope, accepting and rejecting deliverables, controlling scope, capturing work performance information, and initiating requests for change;
  • includes places for noting assumptions, issues, and risks that are identified while planning scope management;
  • includes a section for including relevant project documents for approval; and
  • provides a section for scope management plan approval.

Who Creates the Scope Management Plan?

 Typically, the Project Manager is primarily responsible for developing the Scope Management Plan. Of course, effective planning accounts for the input of various project team members, other stakeholders, and the project sponsor.

What Are the Inputs to Developing the Scope Management Plan?

There are numerous inputs to the development of a scope management plan, including the project charter, any relevant contract, the quality management plan, the project life cycle description, the development approach, and more.

The Scope Management Plan varies greatly, depending on project needs. For some projects, the Scope Management Plan is developed in detail and becomes formally approved before the start of project work.

For other projects, this highly detailed and rigid approach to project planning would be disastrous. In these situations, the Scope Management Plan is often developed more loosely and from a high-level perspective. As the project progresses, the Scope Management Plan may become more elaborate. It is the Project Manager’s responsibility to consider all relevant factors that may affect the project and tailor the template accordingly.

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