Scope Creep

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Definition - What does Scope Creep mean?

Scope creep in the context of trenchless planning can be defined as the uncontrolled change or growth in the scope of a particular project beyond its original scope.

Whenever a client expands or changes the original scope of work, and the changes are accepted without taking measures to control the scope creep, the resulting workload can expand the project size creating a sort of backlog.

It is essential for project managers to develop measures to identify, monitor, and manage scope creep irrespective of project size.

Trenchlesspedia explains Scope Creep

Scope creep usually occurs when the project scope has not been clearly defined, documented, and controlled. Since this uncontrolled scope creep occurs without a corresponding increase in resources, schedule or budget, it results in drifting from the original scope of work into unplanned additions that have to be completed within the budget and schedule of the original scope of work.

Scope creep can be created due to a variety of factors.

  • Lack of proper communication between contractor and client.
  • Improperly prepared contract agreements.
  • Improper analysis of the scope of work.
  • Irresponsibility on behalf of project managers and project team members.
  • Incorrect method of dealing with additions in the scope of the project.
  • A client who wants to get more out of the project than he is willing to pay.
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