What does Scope mean in Project Management?

Scope is the sum of the products, services, and results required to deliver a project. Scope is commonly defined in the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). See also product scope.
Scope forms part of the Iron Triangle or Project Triangle of Cost, Scope and Time - a change in scope will impact project cost or time (schedule). This makes scope management a critical success factor on every project. If you fail to manage changes to the project scope, costs will soar and/or delays will be inevitable.
Scope meaning and definition in Project Management

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