What you need to understand about Project Scope Management?

Project Scope Management might sound like a complicated and technical process, but once you understand what it is and how it’s done you will realise that it can be easily reciprocated in everyday life. It involves listing down the work that needs to be done to deliver a product, service or result with specified features and functions.

In simple words, in order to complete any task or objective, this is the first thing that you’ll have to do by including some or more things listed below:

-Project goals







But why do that and not just go with the flow?

Imagine a cricket field with no boundaries, how will you determine when a batsman hits a six or four? You wouldn’t be able to determine it. The situation is quite like project scope management as well, you must set boundaries, in this case a project scope to create a plan so that project:

-Does not miss the deadline

-Does not overrun the budget

-Does not FAIL

-Avoid any unnecessary risks

Also, project scope management can help:

-Support you to understand what you want to deliver

-Help you make decisions during the life of the project

-Provide a reference point on any decision making

-Help standardise and make the process easier

You might be convinced on its importance by now, so let’s move on to the part where we talk about how it is done.

Step One: Planning

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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As the name suggests, you will be capturing and defining the work that needs to be done. You will have to start by having a scope statement i.e., that includes the major deliverables of a project with key milestones, requirements, assumptions and constraints.

The scope statement helps in creating something known as “Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)”. With WBS, you can manage a various project deliverable into manageable sections/hierarchy of tasks.

Source: https://www.lucidchart.com/blog/how-to-create-a-work-breakdown-structure-and-why-you-should

This image will give you an idea of what a WBS will look like when you try and create one for your project.

Step Two: Controlling

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Source: https://media.giphy.com/media/GeFj5l3t6lKAU/giphy.gif

As your project comes along, you would want to keep track of all the activities in terms of the schedule. So potentially you should have a timeline for all the tasks that will be beneficial while closely monitoring and controlling project changes.

Step Three: Closing

So, a project is complete, but did it meet the requirements or not? You should have created a few metrics to measure if there’s any gap between your expectations and results of the project.  You’ll be conducting an audit and assessing the outcome based on that.

Project Scope helps in forming a basis of every decision for a project manager. Having a clear scope and delivering the project without any major overruns is success to any project. If you’re thinking about studying project management, you can check our Certificate IV and Diploma course.

Project Management As A Future Career Choice

When seeking a career that will be both rewarding and satisfying, often the main concern is whether or not there are jobs available for the occupation of choice.  While some jobs will provide financial remuneration, they may not provide the satisfaction that people seek.  Project Management skills are transferable, which means that they can be utilised in a variety of industries, from event management to building construction.

The Project Management Institute (PMI) research “Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027” indicates that the demand for Project Managers is growing faster than a demand for workers in other occupations.  This talent gap represents a risk to organisations in general, due to project managers being important contributors to productivity of the organisation as a whole.

Students who are qualified in project management are always in demand.  The future outlook up to 2027 from this report shows that in order to support business development, qualified project managers will be needed to plan and provision the work required.

As a career, Project Management can be both complex and rewarding.  On a day-to-day basis, the job involves planning, organising, securing, controlling, leading, and managing resources and tasks to achieve specific business goals.

In addition, a project manager will also address issues such as how the work will be completed, the process of reporting, skill sets that are required for the project, the assigned budget, the time frame and schedule for the project and all its tasks and managing the team and organisation culture.

The practice of juggling multiple schedules, projects and tasks can be very complex, confusing and difficult and is a big part of the Project Manager’s skill set.  Taking the correct training and experience will help prospective Project Managers to learn the skills required to handle such challenges.

As the demand continues to grow, the PMI expects that there will be around 22 million new job openings available to Project Managers for the next ten years. In addition, the salary offered to Project Managers can be highly competitive, with the national average entry-level project manager salary at around $88,235 per year. (as at 31 Oct. 18)

With all that in mind, Project Management is a career that is worth considering.

How To Become A Qualified Project Manager

Take an accredited course to achieve a Certificate or Diploma

Search for a mentor-ship, internship or volunteer position to gain valuable skills within a professional environment

Manage projects of your own design, to gain experience

Example Job Roles for Qualified Project Managers

Project Officer

Project Manager

Scrum Master

Project Leader

Head of Planning

Head of Project Management

Project Facilitator


Operations Manager

Project Management Supervisor

Project Strategist

Resource Manager



PMI (2017). Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027.

Tips on Choosing Project Management Courses

A Project Management course can open many doors for your career. While the role of a project manager is especially essential in the fields of engineering and information technology, there are other areas where their expertise will be needed. These include working as contract officers and quality officers. Those looking to start their own business will also have the necessary skills to run it with speed and efficiency, particularly in industries where timelines are narrow and resources are limited.

If you haven’t taken this course yet, then you may start with the Certificate IV in Project Management Practice. Once completed, you may choose to pursue a Diploma of Project Management, a Diploma of Business, or a Diploma of Leadership and Management.

Here are a number of things to consider when looking for schools.

Your Choice of School Matters

One thing you need to know when choosing project management courses is that while schools follow standards when teaching the course, their approach and dedication to your education will vary considerably. It would help for you to check out reviews of the school, and get the opinion of former and current students to get a clearer picture of what it’s like to study there. In addition, review the school’s course description and content to ensure you know what you’ll learn.

You also need to consider the development that they offer outside the classroom. Ideally, there has to be a balance between classroom instruction and real-world experience. That is the reason why there are schools that offer immersion trips relevant to the course being taught in order to show students what they might expect once they go to work in their new role.

If you’re a foreign student, it’s also worth looking into schools that cater to non-Australians. This is critical because having a welcoming environment inside and outside your classroom will help you transition a lot faster. That also means that there’s a good chance you’ll be working with other foreign students, thus expanding your knowledge further as you will be exposed to a wide range of cultures and approaches to project management and other subjects. Please be aware that there may be special requirements for foreign students in order to be able to take the course.

Location is also Important

We mentioned earlier the importance of having a holistic education. This is where the location of the school also matters. KCBT is a convenient choice for students who rely on public transport, or live and work close to the CBD. We are located in the free transit zone, on Wellington Street, with a yellow cat bus stop right outside the front door. Full time students are eligible for a discounted StudentSmartRider card – please visit reception for application forms or visit http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/smartrider/types-of-smartrider/student-smartrider.

BSB50820 Diploma of Project Management

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply project management skills and knowledge in a variety of contexts, across a number of industry sectors. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include Project Manager and Project Team Leader.

Individuals in these roles have project leadership and management roles and are responsible for achieving project objectives. They possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical, and managerial competencies to initiate, plan, execute and evaluate their own work and/or the work of others.

Licensing/Regulatory Information 

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.