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Top five causes of scope creep … and what to do about them

Scope creep is a dreaded thing that can happen on any project, wasting money, decreasing satisfaction, and causing the expected project value to not be met. Most projects seem to suffer from scope creep, and both project teams and stakeholders are consistently frustrated by it. Why does an effective means of controlling scope seem to continually elude us?

This paper covers the five most common causes of scope creep and what project professionals (project managers and business analysts) can do about it. Problems and their symptoms are presented from the standpoint of a project sponsor, and solutions from the project team’s perspective. This unique combination provides attendees with new insights and ways of controlling scope that can be applied to any type or size of project.

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