Project managers have been plagued by scope creep since the dawn of project management. Managing scope creep in project management is a challenging job that needs clearly defined, documented and controlled specification. What does “project scope” mean? Simply put, it is a project’s parameters. It’s no secret that managing scope creep in project management can be a daunting challenge
Pornty, 2008 states that scope creep is mainly considered a natural tendency of the client, as well as project team members who try and improve the product’s output during the process (Pornty, Mantel, Meredith, Shafer, Sutton, & Kramer, 2008. p. 346).
A personal experience that I encountered about a year ago. I was asked to chair a committee to recognize the volunteers that had an impact on our teachers and students in building. Excited about this project, I met with the committee and began brain-storming on ideas.
The scope creep in this project was not having dedicated team members who were willing to go the extra mile for the success of the project. Every project needs to balance its functionality, staffing, budgeting schedule, and quality objectives. Although I met with the committee and communicated with them each of their roles in completing this task, a committee of ten became a committee of six before completion thus leaving the remaining members to assume the responsibilities. The scope creep happened within in the committee whom was selected to complete a task. Committee members became complacent and their purpose for being on the committee.
As project manager selecting members according to their experience and/ or ability would eliminates “some” scope creep. Additionally, clear roles should be established for each member. In an effort to increase efficiency and accountability, increase of communication among the team members will enable the team be on the same page.
Effective communication is the key prerequisite, for success in any project that you endeavor to complete.
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