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"How IT Businesses Can Manage Scope Creep & Change Control without a Corporate Budget" - Insureon - March 22, 2016

posted Jul 11, 2016, 3:52 PM by Anjuan Simmons   [ updated Jul 22, 2016, 8:48 AM ]


“There are three ways to manage scope creep regardless of the size of the company,” says technologist Anjuan Simmons (@Anjuan; here's his website):

  • You have to identify the most valuable things your customers want and do the cheapest ones first. That means talking to your customers to get a list of feature requests, determining the technical cost of those items, and then implementing the features with the lowest cost first.
  • You have to regularly ship features to your customers. This often requires investment in test automation and continuous delivery, both of which can be obtained cheaply through open source tools.
  • You need to keep the team focused on a defined scope of work until it's delivered. 

Simmons recommends an agile project management practice called Scrum, which has these considerations already built into it. With this technique, the development team of designers, programmers, testers (or just you, if you’re flying solo) work in short, two-week sprints. At the end of each sprint, you should have something to deliver to the client.

“That's how you prevent scope creep,” says Simmons. “Keep the development team focused on a defined scope of work that is very valuable and can be fully developed and that can be tested in a two-week period. High performing Scrum teams can release software faster than scope can creep.”

"How IT Businesses Can Manage Scope Creep & Change Control without a Corporate Budget"
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