One of the biggest risks in managing your projects will be managing scope creep. When a project’s requirements aren’t clearly defined and without sufficient project controls in place, additional requirements or changes can ‘creep’ into your project. Since these new requirements were not part of the original scope, they can impact the project with budget and schedule overruns.

The most common causes of scope creep are insufficient time and attention spent in the planning phase of a project, and not having a process to manage change. To reduce the likelihood of scope creep in your project be sure to address the following:

• Have well defined project objectives and goals
• Have adequate change control processes to assess and manage any changes to the project,  in order to control budget and schedule overruns.
• Establish a clear communication strategy between project sponsor, project manager and project team members

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