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Scope, WBS and Change Control

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Project scope is the foundation, around which additional planning activities are defined and performed. With no clear scope definition and articulation of deliverables, any subsequent planning activities (i.e. resources, time, cost, risks) may be unrealistic as they will be based on incomplete or unclear information.

While scope is typically not considered as the most important planning foundation, its central role as a building block as the transition from the product to the project work – requires attention, care, skills and techniques.

This 2-day interactive session provides participants with the necessary knowledge and techniques to manage this often overlooked area – project scope – and to develop an effective WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) for use throughout the project lifecycle. The course also provides useful techniques to manage change in the project, to control scope and to enable the re-use certain aspects of the WBS in future projects.


Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Explain the importance of effective scope planning and management
  • Describe the need for a project WBS
  • Build a WBS and obtain practical experience in developing and using WBS
  • Explore guidelines and principles that help build a realistic WBS
  • Determine the appropriate level of decomposition and detail required for the WBS
  • Explore techniques for controlling scope and managing change in the project
  • Review the integrative role of the WBS with all knowledge areas and throughout the project lifecycle



This course is designed for project managers who would like to improve their ability to define and articulate project scope effectively, so additional planning activities can be put together for a realistic project plan. The concepts covered in this course are beneficial also for business analysts, project sponsors, project coordinators and those who embark on a project management career.


There is no prerequisite for this course


Participants will receive a course binder and a set of templates that can be customized for project use.


Scope Management Foundations

Planning Project Scope

Ensuring streamlined transition from requirements to scope

The scope statement

  • Risks
  • Assumptions
  • Constraints
  • Deliverables



  • WBS Best Practices
  • Developing the WBS
  • WBS and Integration
  • WBS Interactions
    • Requirements
    • Risk
    • Estimating & Scheduling
    • Procurement
    • Project Lifecycle


Getting ready for subsequent planning activities

  • From scope to schedule


Controlling Scope and Managing Project Change


course info

Course ID: PK-1094
Course Level: Beginner
Duration: 2 days

upcoming sessions

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for the 2-day version of this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 10 3 1
PgMP 14 3 1
PfMP 3 3 1
PMI-ACP 8 3 1
PMI-SP 5 3 1
PMI-RMP 2 3 1
PMI-PBA 12 3 1

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 14 CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 2 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 14 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 14 Learning Credits