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How to Prevent Scope Creep | Video

How to Prevent Scope Creep | Video

One of the most insidious problems project managers face is scope creep. Scoping is hard – perhaps the hardest discipline within project management. So, knowing how to prevent scope creep will be critical to protecting all of your hard work.

You need to lock in your project scope as early as possible. So, in this video, I’ll show you how to prevent scope creep on your project.

…What is Project Scope?

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Lock in your project scope this with a 2-step process…

  1. Define the boundary with precision
  2. Get sign-off

Yes, you need to deal with ‘Autograph Top-trumps’. But, even if you have to negotiate, at least you have a baseline for negotiation.

Get it right in the first place

  1. Good requirements gathering
    What is a functional specification?
  2. Careful stakeholder negotiation
  3. Tool: MoSCoW Analysis
    What is MoSCoW Analysis?
  4. Thorough documentation of requirements and scope

Preventing Scope Creep is not always the right thing to do

1. Prevent Scope Creep with a strong Change Control process

Stops scope creep by exposing costs and risks vs benefits

What is Change Control?

2. Prevent Scope Creep when you have a lot of uncertainty:

Use an Agile or Hybrid approach .

What is Agile Project Management?

Your objective is not to prevent change.

It is to manage it. You need to keep it under control and good governance The key is value

You can also extend the ideas of Change Control and an Agile approach, but stop creep and gain even greater clarity… A Phase 2 project.

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About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

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