Introduction:Scopeis something that reflects the schedule and the amount of work to be donetimely. Scope creep is something that occurs as a change in the project at thepeak times due to budget constrains or due to clients asking the team to changefew things in the project. The project manager should be responsible tocommunicate either with team members or clients about the issue. The change canbe any form it can be from clients or it can be from employees or it can be dueto financial problems.
Since, scope creep is unavoidable, project managersshould be expecting changes in the project at any point of time usually afterthe midway of the project schedule. Scope Creep:ScopeCreep is a phrase described as an uncontrolled growth that is occurred in theproject after the project is started which delays the project deadline andlimits the scope of the project. It is an unexpected event that occurs in theprocess of the project development which leads to delay in the project andgoing over in the budget.
This usually occurs when the project team was askedto add more features to the project without changing the budget and deadline tothe project. This might also occur in the other way by providing more budget,changing the deadline and more staffing, since it affects the scope of theproject in the negative form, it is termed as Scope Creep.Reasons for Scope Creep:· Lackof knowledge on the scope of the project may lead to scope creep.· Clientstrying to get more work done on the same budget.· Teammember contacting the client directly.· Pooranalysis of the project requirements and deadlines.· Beinginflexible in managing the project.
· Deviatingfrom the project schedule and plan.Scope Creep Prevention:Intoday’s world in any industry it is impossible to identify the scope creepwhile the project is in process. Here are few things the project manager andproject members should keep in mind in order, to prevent scope creep.· Therequirements should be documented properly and by making sure that everyone arein same stance about requirements.
· Themanagers should provide a clear schedule to its team members and make shorethat the work will be done on time.· Aclear and proper explanation should be given to clients about the scope of theproject, timelines and budget.· Aproper Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) should be provided.· Theteam should be kept motivated and proper training should be given to teammembers.
· Avoidinggold plating, which means adding more features to the project without theconcern of the client.· Understandingthe client’s requirements and the end product that the client is looking for.Conclusion:Ona conclusion, it is sometimes good to have scope creep. Because it helps theclient to get what they need, this will have a positive influence on the scopeof the project only if the client is able to accept the change in the budgetand deadline. Since, scope creep is unavoidable, project managers should somehow manage things as much as possible without changing the budget and withoutdeviating from the schedule initially provided.