Controlling scope creep

Scope creep is one of the most insidious problems commonly faced by project managers; if they can not avoid it, they must at least try to manage itThe article analyzes a hypothetical case study in which scope creep overtakes a projectand shows what went wrong.Externally induced scope change (e.g., customer changes, platform changes) are best dealt with by starting with well-defined customer specifications and not allowing more customer involvement than was agreed upon at contract signing.Internal scope creep sometimes happens because engineers naturally want to try to improve their products. It is best controlled by reviewing with the team at the outset that the project's scope is to meet minimum requirements and establishing a procedure for dealing with additions and improvements.
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