What is the scope of a project

Before starting a project, one of the most critical things to define upfront is the project scope. The scope outlines what work will be included in the project and what will not be included.

  1. Why scope matters
  2. Benefits of a well-defined scope
  3. How to define scope
  4. Our approach
  5. Conclusion

Why scope matters

Properly defining the scope from the beginning is crucial for keeping the project on track, within budget, and avoiding scope creep. Without a clear scope, it’s easy for requirements to be misunderstood, which can be costly in terms of time and money.

Even if a project seems simple, it’s always worth taking the time to define the scope upfront.

Benefits of a well-defined scope

Having a comprehensive and agreed upon scope allows for:

  • Alignment on goals across the team and client
  • Setting boundaries to prevent scope creep
  • More accurate estimating and budgeting

It can be seen as a reference point throughout the project, ensuring that everyone understands the deliverables and expectations.

How to define it

Scoping a project is a collaborative process and it should involve everyone–the client, project managers, developers, designers, etc. Some elements to consider are:

  • What are the business goals and objectives
  • Timeline and budget
  • Assumptions, constraints and potential risks

The level of detail will depend on project size and complexity. For a minimum viable product (MVP), the scope focuses on just the critical requirements needed to test the core concept.

Our approach

At Refined, we understand that scoping is the key to a successful project. Our process starts with a discovery call, where we grasp the client’s goals. Then, we create an initial draft of the requirements, which we then discuss and improve with the client.

Once the scope is agreed upon, the development phase begins. This process ensures a fast, affordable, and stress-free development.

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While it takes initial time and effort, properly defining the project scope pays off in the long run.

It establishes a clear target and boundaries, that keep the project under control and increase the chances of success.