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Chapter 3, “Identifying Project Scope Risk” (pp. 40–69)

 This chapter examines methods of identifying scope risks and the types of scope risks pertaining to project deliverables. The chapter highlights a variety of sources of scope risk as well.


Shirey, M. R. (2008). Project management tools for leaders and entrepreneurs. Clinical Nurse Specialist22(3), 129–131.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.


The author of this article introduces project management tools that clinical nurse specialists may use to coordinate team work. The article highlights the usage of one such tool, the Gantt chart.


Thomas, M., Jacques, P. H., Adams, J. R., & Kihneman-Wooten, J. (2008). Developing an effective project: Planning and team building combined. Project Management Journal39(4), 105–113.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

 This article analyzes project planning and control and the process of developing a project plan. The article also reports the results of research that sought to determine 137 organizations’ approaches to establishing projects.


U.S. Government Accountability Office. (2009, March 2). Work breakdown structure. GAO Reports, 65–78. 

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

 This article examines the importance of a work breakdown structure (WBS) in project management. The chapter demonstrates how a WBS assists in resource identification, cost estimation, and risk determination.


Wu, Z., Schmidt, L. P., & Wigstrom, M. S. (2010). Product development workflow management based on work breakdown structure. IIE Annual Conference. Proceedings, 1–5.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

The authors of this article highlight the usage of WBS in managing complex product development projects. The authors examine how a WBS helps represent and manage the intricacies of tasks and activity relationships.


Mathis, M. (n.d.). Work breakdown structure: Purpose, process and pitfalls. Retrieved March 13, 2013, from

 This article provides a general review of the WBS. The author focuses on the purpose, process, and pitfalls of a WBS.


Document: Work Breakdown Structure Formats (PDF) (See ATTACHED PDF IN FILE AREA)

 This document presents a scenario and three corresponding work breakdown structures that you will use for your Discussion this week.


Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2013c). Planning, part I: Defining project scope and activities [Video file]. Retrieved from 


Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 6 minutes.

 In this presentation, the participants discuss defining project scope and project activities, using the work breakdown structure, and managing project risk through SWOT analysis.