Scope Creep

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What is Scope Creep

Also known as requirement creep or feature creep, scope creep pertains to how a project's conditions tend to change over time. This is the natural result of an evolutionary process: as a project evolves, so do its requirements. The problem is that these might change in an uncontrolled and unplanned manner, which can cause the project to spiral out of control and exceed its original budget and schedule.

The best way to deal with scope creep is to identify and document the project's requirements from the outset and then track any changes that occur. This helps to ensure that the changes are made in a controlled and deliberate manner and that the project's original goals remain in focus.

Why Is Preventing Scope Creep Important?

Several factors can contribute to scope creep. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Changing business needs or priorities
  • Unclear or incomplete requirements
  • Misunderstandings or miscommunication among team members
  • Time pressures
  • Inadequate resources
  • Poor planning or management

Scope creep can be very damaging to a project. It can cause delays, cost overruns, frustration among team members, tensions between stakeholders, a decrease in the quality of a project, and a host of other problems. Therefore, it is important to prevent it from happening in the first place.

One of the best ways to do that is to have a good requirements-gathering process in place. This will help to ensure that everyone involved in the project understands what is needed and is on the same page.

In addition, it is crucial to have sound project management strategies. This will keep things on track and assure that everyone is aware of any potential problems that may arise. For example, if the project is running behind schedule, the project manager can plan and take measures to address it, preventing scope creep from happening.

Another benefit of preventing scope creep is that it keeps a clear distinction between what the project is and what it will cost. This can help keep the project on schedule and budget.

Conclusion

To summarize, scope creeps can prevent your project from succeeding if they are not managed well. Therefore, it's important to have a solid plan and track any changes to ensure that your project stays on track.

It can be challenging to manage scope creep, but it's essential to prevent it as much as possible. By doing so, you can assure that your project is completed on time and within budget.

References: 

https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/top-five-causes-scope-creep-6675

https://www.projectmanager.com/blog/5-ways-to-avoid-scope-creep

https://www.liquidplanner.com/blog/manage-scope-creep-even-prevent-happening/

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