What To Know About Scope Creep

Have you ever faced with unpredictable changes when your project is working at the pace you planned? If you have, no worries since this has been the problem of new project managers, even experienced ones, which is known as Scope Creep. This blog will provide you a better understanding of scope creep and how to get over it. 

According to PMBOK® Guide, a bible-to-be-described in project management, scope creep is recognized when there are additional requirements that will influence on the present project making process in terms of time, cost, human resources, etc. In other words, scope creep refers to uncontrollable changes that come in different ways and from particular drivers. 


Scope creep detrimentally affects the critical path of the project since there are follow-ups that need a lot of time to re-plan and manage. It occurs due to the reasons below: 

  • Interference from customers 

  • Laxness in Risk Management 

  • Unachieved time frames and deadlines 

  • The attempt to add additional details without approval 

  • The lack of understanding of customers’ requirements before executing 

  • The lack of support from the professionals 

  • Miscommunication among team members 

  • Changes from market conditions, regulatory requirements, or technological advancements. 


It is possible to prevent scope creep from happening at the beginning of the project making process if you follow these guidelines: 

  • Establish a communication channel to bridge the gap between the customer and you, comprehend their expectations, negotiate the ideas and information. 

  • Encourage open communication with your team to boost their trust. 

  • Make the scope statement well communicated to your stakeholders. 

  • Always review the plan in case of changes pop up. 

  • Monitor the progress closely. 

  • Make a Scope Of Work (SOW) that includes: 

  • An introduction outlining the types of work and parties involved. 

  • An overview of the project objectives 

  • Scope: work that needs to be done 

  • A schedule including when, where, by whom the work will be done  

  • A list of project deliverables 

  • A report detailing the project’s progress 

  • Success criteria preventing confusion for both you and your team members.

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