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Factors causing Scope creep and its reductions mechanisms

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Hi Masters,i am doing my dissertation on Scope creep,critical factors causing creep and mechanisms to reduce?Can anybody tell me about factors causing,reducing mechanisms and also further readings on this subject?As it is dissertation so i request you to provide a useful list of bibliography?
asked 6 years ago by anonymous edited 6 years ago by MaplePM

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Scope creep is caused by many factors, including:

- Bad/missing/incomplete requirements: The project manager is not collecting the whole requirements, is collecting incomplete requirements, or is collecting wrong requirements (mainly because of communication problems).

- Project managers who can't say no: When a project manager can't say no to the client/project sponsor/stakeholders, then a lot of (probably uncontrolled) change requests will find their way into the project.

- No change control: The possibility of a scope creep is really high when there is no formal change control process in place.

Ways to prevent scope creep are:

- Communicating a lot with the client in order to get the right requirements from the first time.
- Learning how to say no.
- Implementing a change control mechanism.

Scope creep is reduced by:

- Rebaselining the schedule after agreement with the client.
- Locking all changes (no changes are accepted anymore, including the addition of missing requirements) after rebaselining the project.

You can read on the effects of scope creep here: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/1262/what-are-the-effects-of-scope-creep
answered 6 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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