5.5 Validate Scope

"The process of formalising acceptance of the completed project deliverables."

"Validation: the assurance that a product, service or system, meets the need of the customer and other identified stakeholders. It often involves acceptance and suitability with external customers"

The definition shown above in italics is taken from the Glossary of the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2013

Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2013 Figure 5-14 Page 133

5.5 Validate Scope:

  • Showing stakeholders have received what was agreed and formalizing their acceptance.
  • Primarily concerned with the acceptance of the product by validating each deliverable
  • Objectivity into the acceptance process
  • Control Quality checks that the product or deliverable has met it's criteria once produced and is fit for purpose

Validate Scope: Inspection

Validating that work outputs have met requirements. Involves:

  • Comparing baseline specifications and approved changes to the actual project results.
  • Determining the likelihood that remaining deliverables will be completed as forecast.
  • Impact of items failing to meet their acceptance criteria
  • Identifying actions needed to ensure work results will meet specifications and goals.

Steps in the Scope Validation Inspection :

  • Prepare for Scope Validation Inspection.
  • Inspect/Review deliverables and work results.
  • Prepare an Inspection Report and communicate it to key stakeholders.
  • Distribute acceptance documentation.

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