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60 Examples of Out Of Scope

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Out of scope is work that is beyond the current scope of a program, project, initiative, task or activity. These are commonly documented and communicated in order to counter the common tendency for stakeholders to assume or imagine that things will be included in an effort. Documenting out of scope items can also push stakeholders to capture requirements in areas they may be overlooking. The following are common types of out of scope item.
Accessibility Requirements
Architectural Documentation
Availability Requirements
Business Travel
Capacity Expansion
Client Meetings
Compliance Measures
Compliance to Brand Style Guide
Consistency of Look and Feel
Currency Support
Cybersecurity Measures
Data Backup
Data Migration
Data Source Requirements
Data Validation
Design Documentation
Device Compatibility
Disaster Recovery Features
Efficiency Requirements
Hardware Upgrades
Legal Reviews
Logging Requirements
Maintainability Requirements
Market Research
Multilingual Support
Organizational Changes
Patent Filings
Performance Tuning
Planning Phases
Platform Compatibility
Process Changes
Regulatory Changes
Reliability Requirements
Remote Work Solutions
Response Time Requirements
Scalability Requirements
Session Management Requirements
Software Licenses
Software Maintenance
Software Upgrades
Supplier Audits
Technology Changes
Testing Types
Usability Requirements
User Interface Redesigns


Out of scope is the practice of unambiguously documenting and communicating things that will not be included in a project, activity or task. This includes functions, features, expenditures, training, operational considerations, qualitative characteristics and usability requirements. Out of scope can also include elements of your planning cycle such as market research or prototypes that will not be conducted or delivered.


A project charter or a similar document may specifically list things that are out of scope. This is done to set expectations and document decisions that have been made. When a change is requested that was listed as out of scope in a project charter, the project may require significant analysis and a reset of schedule, cost and contract terms.
Changes to scope may impact the feasibility of a project. As an example, a requirement to make a machine more energy efficient may require different materials and a complete rework of a design starting with a feasibility study. In other words, out of scope changes can effectively derail a project.
It is common for a project to begin with a business case that promises a number of business benefits and a return on investment. Out of scope changes may impact return on investment. For example, it is common for a large number of changes to escalate the cost of a project such that returns are negative. This can result in the perception that a project failed even if the project team delivers to expectations.
Summary: Out Of Scope
Work that is beyond the current scope of a program, project or initiative.
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