Defining Your Project Solution Scope—Instructor-Led Virtual

Mentoring Workshop: 2 Hours, Small Group (Max 10 Students)

Are you starting a new project where the solution is not clearly defined? Do you want to ensure your project will bring a high level of business value? Is your existing project out of control, experiencing "scope creep" or suffering from sponsor-provided solutions that don't address the right problems? If so, this new workshop from RMC can help!

During this two-hour working session, students will come in with project challenges, and leave with a clear solution scope statement for an existing or upcoming project. Over the course of the session the instructor will help students achieve clarity about things like project objectives, solution boundaries, high level requirements and system interfaces—as well as ideas for better communicating with stakeholders. Students will also review other participants' projects, and practice assessing scope statements and designing specific questions to bring stakeholders to consensus about scope.

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Ask specific and targeted questions designed to reach the core problem and expected business value of a project.
  2. Understand and apply root cause analysis.
  3. Develop a context-level data flow diagram to identify all of a project's system interfaces.
  4. Know why giving a solution a meaningful name is important.
  5. Figure out why a project is struggling and what can be done to get it back on track.
  6. Utilize a solution scope statement, context diagram and list of solution design issues as developed during class.

* Please Note: All participants must provide a two-paragraph, high-level description of their sample project prior to the start of class, written such that someone outside of their company could understand the project at a high level.

  • Present Your Project - to another student to develop strong questions targeted to sponsor level stakeholders, with the goal of clarifying the project's business value.
  • Utilize the RMC Scoping Checklist - to consider any possible aspects of a project which may have been missed.
  • Acquire Class Approval - of your problem statement describing the core business need and project objectives.
  • Identify - stakeholders, solution interfaces, solution boundaries, and business processes which may affect or be affected by your project.
  • Produce a Clear Scope Statement - to communicate the plans along with a list of well written questions for your stakeholders to assure agreement.

Students receive a copy of the Define your Project's Solution Scope Workbook, and supplemental materials that provide the templates and forms used to produce the project scope communications. Students will also receive a copy of RMC's Scoping Checklist.

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For Corporate Pricing or to Schedule a Training Needs Assessment, Please Contact:

Ken Mulcahy • Onsite Training Specialist • (952) 846-4484

* Discounts Available for Federal, State and Local Government Agencies

Register for this Course

Price: $299 $249
(Limited to 10 Students)
PDs: 2
Time: 10am to 12pm CST

Nov. 17th, 2015 (Register)

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