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Why do project managers want to avoid scope creep?

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This might sound like an odd question. But most (I don't want to say all, cause this doesn't apply to me and some other project manager I know) project managers avoid scope creep, maybe because it's the safest thing. But why do that? Why not embrace scope creep, and not call it creep, maybe inflation is a better word (so it's "scope inflation"). If the project manager didn't gather sufficient requirements then scope creep is bound to happen. But at this point, there's no point avoiding it, it happened. What the project manager should do at this point is to regroup, and face the challenge. Turn defeat into a victory. It's only in these situations where a project manager can prove if he's worthy of his salt.

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asked 6 years ago by anonymous

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Project managers want to avoid scope creep because it's a vicious circle. You have one change request, triggering another, which in turn triggers another, until the project baseline is rendered meaningless and unusable.

Scope creep is never good and never fun, it almost certainly delays the project and increases (often substantially) the cost of the project, and SHOULD be avoided. There is no positive side to scope creep.

Scope creep a sign of a bad and a weak project manager, a project manager who is unable to confront the client, and who stinks at managing requirements and controlling changes.

"prove he's worth his salt..." I think that ship had already sailed once you have scope creep. The only think that the project manager can do is to some damage control to save his some of his remaining reputation.
answered 6 years ago by humblepm (17,390 points)

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