I am currently translating an English specification for a software that needs to be implemented. In this specification, a few features that could be thought as "natural enhancements" need to be explicitly ruled out because there is not enough time to implement them.

The document uses the term "out of scope" to describe the core of the rejection for these aspects in an accurate manner: Although these features would feel like "natural additions", the defined scope of the project is very narrow and will not be broadened.

What would be a German equivalent to capture the gist for this kind of rejection?


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I have some doubts, whether out of scope can be well translated without additional context.

In your specific context I propose something like:

künftigen Erweiterungen/Versionen vorbehalten

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    I agree. Translating "out of scope" without providing any additional context is not possible.
    – Seth
    Jul 27, 2016 at 13:55
  • In this specific context, I chose this as an accepted answer because it exactly expresses what I mean, even tough it's not a direct translation. Jul 27, 2016 at 14:49
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    This answer is super wrong. In any case even with context information. "Out of scope" can never be translated into "future changes under reserve".
    – user33565
    Jul 3, 2018 at 15:16

My proposal:

nicht im Rahmen (des Projektes) / nicht im (vorgesehenen) Zielrahmen (Anwendungsrahmen)

Usage example:

Der Verbesserungsvorschlag musste leider abgelehnt werden, da er nicht in den vorgesehenen Anwendungsrahmen passt.

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    Ich würde noch "sprengt den Rahmen" erwähnen!
    – Ludi
    Jul 27, 2016 at 12:45
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    "Sprengt den Rahmen" gefällt mir sehr gut, ist in einem formalen Kontext aber wohl leider nicht angebracht :( Jul 27, 2016 at 12:50
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    @MarcusRiemer Wenn sprengt den Rahmen nicht passt (weil es nicht formell genug ist), kann man das Ganze offizieller ausdrücken: Der Verbesserungsvorschlag muss abgelehnt werden, da er mit den terminlichen bzw. budgetären Rahmenbedingungen des Projekts nicht konform ist. oder Der Verbesserungsvorschlag muss abgelehnt werden, da der Aufwand für dessen Umsetzung ausserhalb der terminlichen und budgetären Einschränkungen des Projekts liegt. Ich will aber betonen, dass formeller nicht unbedingt besser ist. Jul 27, 2016 at 14:42
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    That should be vorgesehenen, shouldn't it?
    – TonyK
    Jul 27, 2016 at 18:45
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    "out of scope" would be used in a formal context by a US Project Manager, both in written (documentation) and spoken (conference address) communication. A native local practitioner in the field (myself included) would not hear/read this as wrong or informal.
    – CWilson
    Jul 27, 2016 at 19:13

"Scope" one can translate with "Geltungsbereich", "Spielraum" oder "Leistungsumfang, -bereich".

"Außerhalb des Leistungs[-bereichs or -umfangs]" or respectively "Nicht innerhalb des Leistungs[-bereichs or -umfangs]" should be a good translation.

Perhaps it helps you to have an additional view on this: http://www.linguee.de/deutsch-englisch/search?source=auto&query=out+of+scope


In your context,

Nicht (Bestand)teil dieses Angebots.

might do. In a less formal environment one could also say

zu viel des Guten


Am Anwendungsbereich vorbeigehen/An der Anwendung vorbeigehen

These translations mean the same too:

Feature sprengt den Rahmen des Anwendungsbereichs .. der Software

Feature deckt sich nicht mit dem Anwendungsbereich .. der Software

Feature liegt außerhalb des Anwendungsbereichs .. der Software

Feature ist nicht anwendungsbezogen

  • Was für ein Paper? Jul 4, 2018 at 13:51
  • Was not carefully reading the question, thought a paper got rejected :D updated
    – user33565
    Jul 5, 2018 at 11:37
  • Even after the edit this answer seems not really to match the question. As I understand the author wants to translate the specification himself and looks for a way to tag some quite reasonable features as "not addressed (yet)" to justify a limited effort. Since these were already confirmed as "natural extensions" all examples of missing Themenbereich are at least debatable .
    – guidot
    Jul 5, 2018 at 12:08
  • good point, i changed
    – user33565
    Jul 5, 2018 at 12:25

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