5th Edition PMBOK® Guide—Chapter 5: Scope Management Plan

1.  Introduction

The output of process 5.1 Plan Scope Management is, not surprisingly, the Scope Management Plan. You should be aware that in previous editions of the PMBOK® Guide, this process did not exist. What, you may say, they didn’t use to create a Scope Management Plan? Well, no, not exactly. A Scope Management Plan was created, but it was done as part of creating the most general Project Management Plan as part of 4.2 Develop Project Management Plan. But to emphasize that each knowledge area does require the creation of its own management plan, the 5th Edition of the PMBOK® explicitly creates a separate process doing just that.

The purpose of this post is to look at the elements of what is in a Scope Management Plan.

2.  Elements of the Scope Management Plan

As mentioned in an earlier post, the main purpose of the scope management plan is to provide the framework for most of the other 5 scope management processes. You can see this if you look at the following table of the elements of the plan.

Element of Scope Management Plan Related Scope Management Process
1. Process for preparing detailed project scope statement 5.3 Define Scope
2. Process that creates WBS from the detailed scope statement 5.4 Create WBS
3. Process that establishes how the WBS will be maintained and approved 5.4 Create WBS
4. Process that specifies how formal acceptance of the completed project deliverables will be obtained 5.5 Validate Scope
5. Process to control how requests for changes to the detailed project scope statement will be processed 5.6 Control Scope

The only scope management process not mentioned, 5.2 Collect Requirements, is covered by another management plan, the Requirements Management Plan, and this the other output of process 5.1 Plan Scope Management, and is covered in the next post.


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