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What does “out of scope” mean?

In project management, “out of scope” means anything that is outside the parameters of an initiative. At the beginning of a project, the scope is established in documents like the scope statement. It clarifies the work and deliverables of a project, setting out the expectations for both parties. If a client asks for another feature or service to be included, this can be considered to be “out of scope”. 

For instance, a marketing company and a client have established the scope of a project — to redesign their website and logo. Pleased with your initial work, the client then asks if your firm can create merchandise for an upcoming event. While this is a service that your company does provide, for this project, it can be considered out of scope, as event merchandise was not included in the scope statement or identified as a project deliverable.