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What are the effects of scope creep?

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I know how scope creep happens and why it happens. But I would like know more about its effects on:

- the project
- the project manager
- the team members
- the organization
- the customer
asked 6 years ago by anonymous

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Effects of scope creep on the project:

- The project will be behind schedule: Because of all the "new" requirements, the project will take more time to be finished.
- The project will be over budget: Since the project will take more time to be finished, it will cost more.
- The final product will suffer: Since the project manager will do his best to remain reasonably close to the budget and the planned schedule, he starts cutting some corners here and there, and the final product's quality will be lower.

The effects on the project manager are:

- More stress: Scope creep will cause more work and more stress to the project manager.
- Questionable professionalism: Scope creep is usually the result of bad project management, or, in other words, a bad project manager.

As for the team members, scope creep will cause frustration, because they will no longer be able to see the finish line of the project (always new requirements that were not there).

The organization will be adversely affected by scope creep, as expenditures rise, and potential revenue is delayed. The organization will also probably lose its client because of scope creep.

The customer's potential revenue will be delayed as well. The customer will be also frustrated because of the constant delays in the release date, and he will no longer have high hopes for the final product.
answered 6 years ago by TheManager (6,220 points)

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