Project Management Institute

Mastering Scope Management with Brad Bigelow


Topics: Project Management Business Analysis | Scope Management | Requirements Management | Stakeholder Engagement

Mastering scope management is the key to effective project management. Although time, cost, and scope are the “Triple Constraints” of project management, for most projects cost and schedule are driven by the project scope. Yet scope is the fuzziest concept in project management. Time and cost are easy to understand because they're easy to quantify. Scope, on the other hand, is usually expressed in qualitative terms that leave room for interpretation and misunderstanding. Consequently, it’s often the biggest source of conflicts in a project.

This seminar offers project managers the tools to master the challenge of scope management. It provides an in-depth, multi-dimensional approach to analyzing and managing project scope. Starting with traditional notions such as Work Breakdown Structures and Product Breakdown Structures, it reveals the complex nature of project scope and leads students through exercises aimed at providing practical tools for project planning, estimation, and change management.

This seminar also questions some of the traditional assumptions about scope change, particularly the view that scope changes should be avoided at all costs. A project’s ability to change could be its most significant advantage. The tension between these two perspectives is at the heart of the shift to Agile and other more adaptive project management methodologies. This seminar enables project managers to achieve a more expert and effective appreciation of how to define and manage scope and to anticipate problems before they crop up.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Accurately estimate project scope with both Work and Product Breakdown Structures
  • Develop effective approaches to capturing, validating, and managing requirements in complex, multi-stakeholder environments
  • Anticipate sources of scope change and formulate effective responses through change management
  • Apply good scope management practices across the entire project life cycle

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Leadership and Strategic PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Technical PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials.
Technical Leadership Strategic Total
PMP/PgMP 8 3 3 14.00
PMI-ACP 8 3 3 14.00
PMI-SP 1 3 3 7.00
PMI-RMP 1 3 3 7.00
PfMP 1 3 3 7.00
PMI-PBA 8 3 3 14.00
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Seminar Instructor(s)


Brad Bigelow PMP

With over three decades of experience in managing projects and programs, Brad Bigelow has worked in national and international organizations and has dealt with capabilities ranging from telephony to satellite operations, military command and control systems, software development, business change management, and typical organizational IT. He has worked as a project and program manager in multiple settings and has extensive experience in international projects in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. He served as a content contributor for the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition, Section Lead member for the PMBOK® Guide—Fifth Edition, contributor to the 2017 edition of the PRINCE2 Manual, and recently served as a member of the Core Committee for The Standard for Program Management—Fourth Edition. He has addressed project management conferences and seminars in Europe, the Middle East, and North America and taught project management for NATO’s leading IT agency.

Course Information

2 Days
17 - 18 June 2020


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