A Scope Creep Guide, how to Prevent & Manage it

This post is a collaboration with Toptal.

In the world of project management there is a problem many can find: scope creep. This occurs when a project scope that was set up beforehand begins to expand, not to be confused with how the project requirements sometimes change during the course of an engagement. Scope creep makes itself known in a noticeable way because not all parties might be in agreement with the changes that are being made.

In the last five years there has been a 52% increase in scope creep in projects, given the fact that it is an omnipresent feature of modern-day project management. While an extreme amount of it can be disastrous, a smaller amount of scope creep is not considered that bad. If the project team is external then the extra work created from scope creep can justify certain requests like a budget increase, and even result in better project revenues. In addition, if the result is approved by the client, then this can only increase project team reputation as long as any of the extra work does not interfere with the delivery of the original scope.

To learn more about how this affect projects, stakeholders, how to prevent and how exactly scope creep happen as well as ways of managing when it does, you can check out this guide by Toptal: How to Prevent & Manage Scope Creep.