A broad scope has its advantages. However, clear boundaries and focus are important to keep your project predictable until closure.
These boundaries are set during the initiation of the project. The project and its stockholders need to buy-in to this scope. Clear communication is essential to achieve that. If the projects adheres to this scope, the quality is guaranteed, and “gold plating” is prevented.
During the execution of the project, for every request of scope change, the impact will be determined and presented. One or more scenario’s will be presented to the main stakeholders and a collective decision will be made to change the project and its (product) cost and timeline.
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