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What is the difference between project scope and product scope?


First i want to say that I know the difference between project and product, so please don't bother explaining this to me. I just don't know what's different between the project scope and the product scope...
asked 12 years ago by anonymous

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Product scope refers to the outcome; the specifics of the product or service that the project is expected to deliver.

Project scope refers everything that has to happen to get the product created and delivered. It also refers to the things that can't happen, to get the product delivered (i.e. scope "exclusions")

The differentiation in product and project scope becomes interesting when you talk about Cost of Quality, for example, because you might tighten down project scope so much (eg to save money, or get it built and deployed into service quicker) that you actually impact product scope to the point that it becomes problematic once deployed (consider the recent flurry of Toyota recalls). The responsible project manager will consider the trade-offs on project and product choices and use tools like the cost/benefit analysis to make solid full life-cycle decisions.

So, a project manager should accept responsibility for both project and product scope.
answered 12 years ago by anonymous
Project Scope focuses on the Project Management aspect for delivering the product/service. The Project Management aspect comprises the budget, the schedule, the quality. On the other hand, product scope focuses on the end product, for example, cost to own, services/benefits that this product will offer to the end user, etc...

Hope that answers your question!
answered 12 years ago by humblepm (17,390 points)
Is product scope then an element of project scope?
asked 11 years ago by anonymous

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