Product Scope Vs. Project Scope

Product scope versus project scope. Many people are confused by the two terms when they are very easy to remember and separate. Below I am providing the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) definitions along with my examples:

Product scope — the features and functions that characterize a product, service, or result.

Example — the cell phone screen is a feature. The cell phone power on is a function.

Project scope — the work performed to deliver a product, service or result with the specified features and functions. The project scope is sometimes viewed as including product scope.

Example — Producing a cell phone is the project. A cell phone’s scope contains the cell phone screen.

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Originally published at on June 12, 2016.

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