- What can you do about scope creep?
- What are the causes of scope creep?
- Is it inevitable?
I think everybody becomes creative as we think about a project. I was thinking of adding a bathroom at the cottage and before the conversation finished it became adding a whole new wing onto the cottage. Of course, nothing happened because the project was too big. What happened to the simple idea?
I think part of the cause is nothing is ever perfect and can always be improved upon. You know the expression "Anything worth doing is worth doing well." I think it might be unsaid but that it really means "anything worth doing should be perfect."
I have a relative who spent a long time getting his PhD. He said he just wanted to do an adequate job. I think adequate was his definition of perfection.
Another cause of scope creep is people's unwillingness to take the Rapid Results approach. Get something working and then make it better, faster. We are all scared that we will not go the next step and thus never finish.
Very few of us can tolerate the creative tension between our vision and reality. See my blog on that subject, Creative Tension
I would love to hear from some Project Managers stories about scope management.