Project Management

Project Scope Creep: How To Take Control and Get Back on Track

Melbourne, Australia Chapter

Karine is the Director and founder for Projecting With People (PWP), a people-focused project delivery training and consulting business. PWP specializes in improving project outcomes by focusing on the people and reducing the impacts to them.

Scope creep. Along with managing people, it’s one of the greatest challenges you’ll face in delivering a successful project.

If you’re dedicated to your project and your stakeholders (and I’ve not met a project manager or business owner who isn’t), then scope creep is something you can easily find yourself dealing with in the projects you deliver.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at what scope creep is, why it happens, how to get a project that’s experiencing scope creep back on track, and how to prevent scope creep in the first place.

It helps to start by taking a look at project scope and why it continuously becomes railroaded as you deliver your project.

What is project scope creep?
To define exactly what scope creep is, I’ll start by explaining project scope. Let’s think of it in visual terms.

Project scope is the fence that locks in the responsibilities of the project team. It includes the tasks, processes, resources, agreements and activities that the team will either build, assemble, source, fix, govern or oversee to deliver the commitments of the project.

Anything on the outside of the fence is out of scope. The moment you start agreeing to delivering things outside the fence line, your project will be experiencing scope creep.

Why scope creep happens to projects
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