Changes are investable in project. Therefore some type of change control process is mandatory for every project.Control scope process ensures all recommended changes , corrective and preventives actions are processed through integrated change control process. Here, it is very important to know one term called “scope creep”.Uncontrolled expansion to project or product scope without the adjustments to time, cost and resources is referred as Scope Creep. Scope creep is a risk in most projects. Most megaprojects fall victim to scope creep. Scope Creep often results in cost overrun. A value for free strategy is difficult to counteract and remains difficult challenge for even the most experienced project managers.
How to Control Scope Creep.
- Be vigilant from day one. …
- Understand your client’s vision. …
- Understand the project requirements. …
- Include a process for changing scope. …
- Guard against gold plating. …
- Use your online project management software
What is Gold Plating. It is adding some extra features or functions over the specifications. This is not required to be done. Some people get over enthusiastic and to please some people they commit such mistakes.
It is very Important to Note:
Ambiguity in scope often leads to unnecessary work and confusion. To avoid this, the scope needs to be clearly defined and precise.
- Incomplete Definition
Incomplete scopes lead to schedule slips, which lead to cost overruns. To avoid this, the scope needs to be complete and accurate.
Transient scopes lead to scope creep—the primary cause of late deliveries and “never-ending” projects. To avoid this, the scope document needs to be finalized and remain unaltered for the duration of the project.
- Un collaborative Scope
A scope that is not collaboratively prepared causes misinterpretations in requirements and designs. To avoid this, the scope document should be shared with all stakeholders at every step of the scope definition process.