Have you ever been on a project with seemingly no end in sight? The sponsor or stakeholders keep adding ‘just one more thing.’ The requirements grow and grow. Eventually it becomes too big to manage, or your budget and timeline are blown.
If this sounds familiar you too have been a victim of scope creep!
What is Scope Creep?
Scope creep is what happens when new product features or new requirements are added that weren’t part of the original project scope. It can happen for a variety of reasons, such as:
Why is it a bad thing?
When the decision is made to add additional features to a project, or if requirements change, it generally impacts other areas as well. For example, if you add a new feature to an app you’re developing, the feature may extend the timeline or increase the cost of development. Communication is key in any instance of scope creep. It is important your project stakeholders are well-informed about the impact of adding requirements.
Stop Scope Creep in its Tracks!
What are some ways you can stop scope creep from happening to you?
Define Your Requirements
Estimate Impact of Change on Timeline and Cost
Work with a Business Analyst and Project Manager
Can Scope Creep be a Good Thing?
It turns out not all scope creep is a bad thing! Sometimes project requirements do change, and there may be a valid business need to add additional features.
Before adding something to the scope, ask yourself:
If you’ve answered yes to the above questions, you’re on your way to handling scope creep correctly.
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