In previous articles, I have explained what scope creep is and why these occurs in the project. In this article, I am going to explain “Top 5 ways to prevent scope creep”. If you haven’t checked the previous posts about scope creep than I recommend you to check below links before reading this article.
You can prevent the scope creep and deliver your project within the time if you follow these points.
1. Understand the client vision and project requirement
Before taking the project you must know the client vision. Why client wants to do this project. Also, you should understand what are the things required to complete the project. If you analyze these points before starting a project you can avoid the scope creep.
Let me give you a simple example. A client asks you to develop an e-commerce website. Here client’s vision is not only to develop the website but he wants to sell more project and earn more revenue. Here you should keep these things in mind like the cost of the product must not increase due to delivery or tax. You should consider all the points related to the e-commerce business.
You should also understand early like what the things are required before the project start. When you will get those resources etc.
2. Understand your priority and deliverables
A project complete in different phases. Each phase has their own deliverables. You should arrange the inter-dependent work in an order and set the deliverables as per the phase. Also, you should confirm your deliverable with your client. So dispute arise in the future.
3. Know your decision-making stakeholder
Sometimes you are not able to communicate the decision-making stakeholders. These stakeholders enter in the project very late and ask for some changes. This creates scope creep. You must confirm your project scope with decision-making stakeholders.
4. Strictly follow change control process
It is often seen that a project require some small changes which was not in scope. Some project manager accepts those change in fear of losing the project. These small changes require some more change which goes on. Here as a project manager you should accept the changes only through the change control process. This process validate and verify the impact of the changes.
5. Avoid Gold plating
Sometime few project managers try to please their client by providing some extra feature. This requires more time which cause the project to fail the delivery date.
Thanks for reading the article. Let me know if you know any other process to avoid the scope creep.