Product Scope vs Project Scope
Organizations take up projects based on strategic goals, and the outcomes are called products. Understanding the scope of both the project and the product is important for the organization to fulfill its goals. In project management, these terms seem to be interrelated, but there are some underlying principles and processes that every project manager should be aware of. Let’s get into more details now-
Product Scope — A product is an outcome of a process that meets the customer’s needs and expectations. Product scope includes the functions, capabilities, and characteristics that represent the product. It consists of technical specifications of the product, the features to be implemented, etc. Customer expectations like how a product should be designed and how a product should function are considered when defining product scope. After thorough analysis, the executive teams define a product’s scope, and a project manager might be involved if need be.
Project Scope — According to the PMBOK Guide, A project is a temporary endeavor to create a unique product, service, or result. The project scope includes the activities to be performed to produce a deliverable. The processes to be followed to achieve the outcome successfully will also be covered in the project scope, such as a list of tasks, estimations, goals to achieve, etc. The project manager documents the project scope to maintain transparency within the stakeholders and help them stay focused.
Product scope and project scope complement each other and lead the organization into the success path.