At the Project Charter level, the scope of work is not meant to be all-inclusive and at a fine level of detail. That is done when detail requirements are addressed.
You can derive part of the scope by taking each Project Objective (refer to the post on Project Objectives for more detail) and listing the major work activities needed to accomplish that objective. These should be at a level of detail enough to get a high-level understanding of the effort and duration of the activity. This is a judgment call and varies by type of project.
In addition to the above, you can list the major business processes that are impacted by the project. A process is impacted if one of the following is true:
- there will be new or changed process steps
- there will be new sources of data or information for the process
- there will be new recipients of data or information from the process
- there will be changed or additional owners of the process.
Listing the major activities and the impacted processes should be sufficient for scope at the Project Charter level. Your organization’s standards may require more, but this should be the minimum.
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