(a) Discuss three strategies the project manager can use to prevent scope creep?
(b) What is the purpose of the scope baseline? How can the project manager ensure the
performance is meeting the baseline?
(c) What value does the work breakdown structure (WBS) provide the project team when
controlling scope?
(d) How does earned value management (EVM) benefit the project team when determining the
current health of the projects?
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Unit 1 [GM593]
Unit 1 Assignment: Locking Scope
In this Assignment, you will be assessed based on the following outcome:
GM593-1: Construct a project scope control system based on a decomposed Work Breakdown
Structure (WBS).
This Assignment is designed for you to evaluate your ability to plan, execute, and control the scope of
the project. You will focus on locking the scope of the project so that the team is clear regarding the
work that has to be done; that is, the boundaries. Given that projects are dynamic, you will learn
strategies that can be used to reduce the chances of scope creep. When it does happen, however, the
project manager must follow the change management process before more work (i.e., scope) is added
to the project. As part of this Assignment, you will use earned value management (EVM) to monitor
the health of the project.
The project scope control system serves the purpose of helping the project team avoid scope creep.
The scope is sometimes known as the 100% Rule, which means that only the work packages
identified through the work breakdown structure (WBS) process are part of the project. In essence, the
scope provides the boundaries of the work to be performed on the project.
For this Assignment, provide comprehensive responses to the following items:
(a) Discuss three strategies the project manager can use to prevent scope creep?
(b) What is the purpose of the scope baseline? How can the project manager ensure the
performance is meeting the baseline?
(c) What value does the work breakdown structure (WBS) provide the project team when
controlling scope?
(d) How does earned value management (EVM) benefit the project team when determining the
current health of the projects?
Components
● Title page formatted in APA 6th edition style with the following information: Title of the paper,
your name, course number and section number, and date.
● A table of contents using the following headers: Introduction, Strategies to Prevent Scope
Creep, Stakeholder Adds More Scope, Value of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Benefit
of EVM to Determine Health of Project, Conclusion, and References.
● A minimum of three scholarly journal and textbook source references cited and credited
according to APA 6th edition formatting style using a minimum of six in-text citations.
● The paper should be focused and to the point, containing between 600–800 words specific to
the table of content items (excluding references).
Directions for Submitting Your Assignment
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instructions. Make sure that you save a copy of each of the tools you submit.
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Unit 1 [GM593]
GM593 Unit 1 Assignment: Locking Scope
Content
Three strategies to managing scope creep are discussed.
Points
Possible
15
Purpose of the scope baseline, and making sure project performance
aligns with the baseline.
10
The value of the work breakdown structure (WBS) to managing
scope is discussed.
10
The importance of earned value management (EVM) when
determining the current health of the projects is examined.
Points
Earned
10
Analysis
Response exhibits strong higher-order critical thinking and analysis
(e.g., evaluation). Submission shows original thought.
Analysis includes proper classifications, explanations, comparisons,
and inferences.
Critical thinking includes appropriate judgments, conclusions, and
assessments based on evaluation and synthesis of information.
5
5
5
Writing (0-15 points)
Grammatical skills are strong with typically less than one error per
page. Correct use of APA 6th edition.
5
Appropriate to the Assignment, fresh (interesting to read), accurate,
(no far-fetched, unsupported comments), precise (say what you
mean), clear introduction and conclusion, and concise (not wordy).
5
Paper is in 12-point font, and double-spaced with a double space
between. Paper is free of serious errors; grammar, punctuation, and
spelling help to clarify the meaning by following accepted
conventions. At least three scholarly journal and textbook sources
are cited and referenced in APA 6th edition format. Content is
between 600–800 words specific to the table of content items
(excluding references).
Total
5
75
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