ATI's Project Scope Management course
This two-and-a-half day course provides detailed, useful techniques to define and manage the scope of complex system projects. Included is an entire day on development of detailed project plans in the form of network schedules.
Scope issues are everywhere on today’s complex projects. Over 50% of development project failures occur due to problems with scope control. (Incomplete requirements, lack of user involvement, unrealistic expectations, etc.) The technical scope of a system development project defines the expected and desired results. At the outset of a project, most participants believe that they understand the scope. Yet as the project proceeds, that understanding becomes confused by outside changes, new ideas, and re-interpretations. In every such confusion lie the seeds of cost and schedule over-runs.
This course is designed for:
- Program managers
- Project managers
- Systems engineers
- Technical team leaders
- Logistic support leaders
- Others who participate in defining and developing complex systems.
Who Should Attend:
- A leader or a key member of a complex project team
- Concerned about controlling the project scope
- Seeking methods to bound technical choices
- Looking for practical methods to use today
Introduction – Concepts of integration and scope management. Expectations for what to achieve. Terms and definitions. Roles of a project leader in relation to integration and scope control.
Scope Definition – How to define a workable project scope, from the viewpoints of both acquirer and supplier. Levels of contract definition.
- Definitions of project success
- The many faces of failure
Scope Management – High-level techniques to manage scope. Dealing with management and customer expectations.
- Scope definition in operational terms: Objective Function
- Project planning to bound scope
- Top-level scope definition
- Statement of Work
- Project Specifications
- Milestone Schedules
- Performance-based specification
Project Planning – Detailed project planning as a means to define and control scope. Creation of a workable project plan in the form of network schedules. Challenges in cost estimation.
- Predicting project success
- Managing the team image of scope
- Project sponsors and stakeholders
- Managing expectations
Scope Control – Managing to the detailed plan in the face of constant change. Tracking and control to know when problems exist. Change control methods.
- Work Breakdown Structures
- Project planning graphics
- Network scheduling techniques
- Network fundamentals
- PERT/CPM network methods
- Dependencies, slack time, lag, calculations
- Workload and resources
- Probabilistic time estimates
- Crash times, costs
- Estimating strategies
- Estimation pitfalls
- Low bidders and high risk projects
Submarine Explorer Case Study – The Submarine Explorer case study lets you practice the skills in the course. This realistic project involves the creation of challenging robotic submarines for exploration of marine environments, along with the complex communications and control facilities to manage them. Define scope; create a Work Breakdown Structure; develop a project network schedule; handle contract changes.
- Scope control during execution
- Continuous verification methods
- Technical Performance Measurement
- Earned value management
- Critical chain management
- Change control
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