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The Project Manager: Mastering the art of delivery by Richard Newton

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Chapter 3. What actually is your project?

THIS CHAPTER DEFINES A SIMPLE APPROACH to building a full understanding of what your project needs to be designed to achieve. This understanding I call scope. In some situations project managers define the word ‘scope’ much more tightly than this, but to me the most useful way to consider scope is the collection of information you need before you can go on to develop a meaningful activity and resource plan for your project. It is the basis for all your management of the project.

The importance of understanding scope

Key lesson

The foundation on which all good projects are built is a clear understanding of the scope. Without it a project manager will struggle to deliver successfully.

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