indicates the limits or boundaries of something.
The control of scope is seen as a key factor in the
control of project costs and schedule. A clear and complete
understanding of a software project's scope from the project's
initiation through to its completion is one key to project success.
Very often, however, when a project is long overdue
or has exceeded budget, ‘increase in scope’ is given as the prime reason
and unanticipated cause.
Given that a project will typically include a
statement of scope, stating clearly what is "in scope" and "out of
scope", why do so many projects run into problems of ‘increase in
CHARISMATEK has investigated this issue over many
projects and many years.
The most common reason - in fact, the almost
universal reason - is that the items being named as the basis for scope
and being tracked throughout the project have no direct correlation with
effort, cost or schedule.
CHARISMATEK identifies and tracks a specific type of
project deliverable at a level of granularity which has a known, well
understood, relationship with effort. These are the features and
functions that are to be delivered by the project, described in language
easily understood by both the client commissioning the software and the
These deliverables form a negotiated and agreed
statement of scope at project initiation and are monitored throughout
the project. Any change can be immediately accessed for likely impact on
cost and schedule.
CHARISMATEK also provides a range of value adding
services to software developers and purchasers focusing on effective
software scope management.