What is scope creep in a project? Scope creep in a project refers to the uncontrolled expansion or changes to the project’s scope or requirements beyond the original agreement or baseline. This occurs when additional requirements, features, or functions are added to the project scope without appropriate adjustments to the timeline, budget, or resources.

Scope creep often happens when stakeholders, including clients, sponsors, or users, ask for new features, changes to the original plan, or when there is a lack of clear project scope definition. Scope creep can also result from an over-optimistic project plan that does not consider the real complexity of the project or unforeseen changes in the project environment.

Scope creep can have a significant impact on a project’s success, including delays, cost overruns, rework, and even project failure. It can also cause confusion among the project team and stakeholders, leading to a breakdown in communication and project management.

To manage scope creep, it’s essential to define the project scope and requirements clearly, including how changes will be handled, and ensure that all stakeholders are aware of these. A change control process should be in place, outlining how changes will be approved, implemented, and documented, along with the expected impact on project time, budget, and resources.

In summary, scope creep can have a significant impact on a project, and it’s essential to manage it carefully to ensure project success. When a problem happens and it’s not attended to, your project can derail. Allow the experts at True North PMP Consulting to evaluate your problem, create a solution and help you save time and money. We guarantee that when we step in, we will identify at least a 10% cost savings from your project’s bottom line.


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Richard Broo, Principal and Founder of True North PMP Consulting has over 40 years of successful leadership experience in the global composites and plastics industry. He has successfully held leadership roles in sales, marketing, product management, project management, new product development and commercialization and operations. His career has included assignments from individual contributor up to President/CEO duties.

Prior to starting True North PMP Consulting, Richard worked for Fortune 500 companies including Black & Decker Automotive, Owens Corning Automotive and General Electric Plastics, as well as mid-market size companies such as Asahi Kasei Plastics, Hexion Specialty Chemicals and Quadrant Plastic Composites.

His expertise as a consultant includes planning, implementation, and optimization in the disciplines of strategic planning, commercial growth, product management, project management, new product development and commercialization, operations and the turn-around of failing businesses. He coaches/mentors’ companies on utilizing effective project management to reduce cost, cycle time, risk and waste out of their operations to create increased competition.

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