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Free project scope statement templates for the CIO

Project scope is the aspect of project planning that involves documenting specific project goals, deliverables

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, tasks, costs and deadlines. This documentation is referred to as a project scope statement, which acts as a guide that outlines the boundaries of the project, each team member's role and how completed works will be verified.

During the project, a project scope statement helps team members remain focused and on task, while also providing guidelines on making decisions about change requests during the project lifecycle. As CIOs know, projects can go off the rails without proper planning -- that's where having a proven, effective project scope statement comes into play.

Here, we have compiled a sampling of free project scope statement templates to help your organization thrive at project planning. These downloadable examples -- offered by a range of organizations from state governments to institutes of higher education -- can help CIOs and their teams remain organized throughout both short- and long-term initiatives, helping them reach their business goals.

SOURCE: State of Minnesota IT Services department
OFFERING: This project scope statement template includes development instructions and serves as an agreement among the project team, project sponsor and key stakeholders. The statement relates the project to business objectives and defines the project's boundaries in terms of approach, deliverables, milestones and budget.

SOURCE: The University of Texas at Arlington
OFFERING: A simple example of a project scope statement, used to plan deliverables, milestones, technical requirements, limits and exclusions.

SOURCE: University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology
OFFERING: A project scope statement template to help organizations outline the project, business objectives, project milestones and authorizations. This template also includes an extensive project approach guide.

SOURCE: CVR/IT Consulting
OFFERING: This sample project scope statement offers companies a template for planning their next major project, emphasizing the need for an executive statement, justification of business value and acceptance criteria for various milestones.

SOURCE: Microsoft Corp.
OFFERING: This project scope statement template, provided by Microsoft Office, helps organizations define all processes and work required to complete a given project successfully.

Let us know what project scope templates work for you; email editor@searchcio.com.

This was first published in August 2012

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