Product Scope and Project Scope, the difference

To achieve the project’s objective it is essential for a Project Manager to know the difference between the product scope and the project scope.

Projects are undertaken to deliver a product, service, or result. When a project begins it is important to define the scope of the project. Defining the project scope helps to create a detailed description of the project and product.

So, what’s the difference between Product Scope and Project Scope?

What is Product Scope?

Product scope is the list of the features that describe and characterize a product, or service. Basically, it identifies the properties and functions that describe a product or service.

In addition, the product scope helps to evaluate whether a project is on track for completion and if it meets the outcomes that stakeholders expect.

Usually, the people who know the business and have big expertise define the product scope. They do it by sharing the requirements regarding the final product.

What is Project Scope?

Project scope represents the work required to deliver a product or a service that has specific features and characteristics.

Basically, the project scope represents all the activities that are useful to plan, execute, control, and close a project. In fact, the project scope consists of all the the work items that are required to produce and deliver the product scope.

Usually the product scope is part of the project scope. In fact, the project scope defines the requirements of the product and the work required to create it. In addition, the project scope is crucial to define what is inside and outside of the scope. This is critical to avoid adding features or functions that have not been authorized.

Keep in mind

The product scope is the result of the project whereas the project scope is how you achieve it. To complete the project successfully, the project manager has to achieve these two scopes. Product scope describes the product whereas the project scope is all the work the project manager will do to make the product.


Francesco Pecoraro

Francesco has extensive experience as a project, program and portfolio manager, project management officer (PMO), digital transformation and strategic consultant. He is also considered a communication, public speaking and leadership expert.

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