Verify Scope Process

Posted on June 3, 2009 by

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The Verify Scope process is one of the 42 project management processes described in the fourth edition PMBOK®. It’s one of the five Scope knowledge area processes, and one of the ten Monitoring and Controlling processes. The primary purpose of this process is to formalize acceptance of the completed project deliverables. The most obvious input is Validated Deliverables. The finished deliverables are validated if they have been checked for meeting quality standards through performing the Perform Quality Control process. To determine whether these deliverables are acceptable, the criteria for the deliverables is examined which is found in the Project Management Plan’s Scope Baseline, Requirements Documentation, and Requirements Traceability Matrix. There is only one tool and technique of this process—Inspection. The deliverables are examined in some manner and compared to the acceptance criteria. Essentially, this process verifies that the deliverables are consistent with the Scope Baseline. If the deliverables are satisfactory, the output is Accepted Deliverables. If the deliverables are unacceptable, the output is a Change Request outlining what changes can be made to make the deliverables acceptable.