Analyzing Scope Creep

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                                             (As cited in Sehgal, 2017)

For review sake. What is project scope? “Project scope is the set of tasks, goals, deliverables, costs, and deadlines determined by the involved parties in the planning of a project.” (Burger, 2015) And Scope creep is essentially what happens when uncontrolled changes affect the scope of a project. (Sotak, 2011)

So, a few years back my mother bought a house and it needed major remodeling before it was ready to be lived in. The contractor worked out a “budget and timeframe” of when he believed things would be accomplished. To break it down the major fixes included:

  • Knocking down a wall (to open the kitchen space)
  • Replace tile and carpeting (both upstairs and downstairs)
  • Remodel Fireplace
    • Replace brick with stone
  • Install new kitchen cabinets and fixtures
  • Replacing light fixtures
  • Install bathroom cabinets and fixtures (total of 3 bathrooms)
    • Shower
    • Sinks
    • toilet
  • Paint interior
  • Remodel Garage
    • Take down workbench
    • Paint cement

Again, together my mother and the contractor (who by the way was more of a freelancer) spoke agreed upon a budget and timeframe that these things were to be completed by so that she could leave the house she was renting and move in. He guaranteed that she could move in in about a month and half’s time. Stating that not everything will be accomplished but at least you can begin to move things in. Placing all her trust in the contractor she said ok sounds great. Let’s just say he underestimated and over promised. Because she was not able to even semi-live in the house until three months of the promised time. And to speed up the process the contractor thought it was a good idea to hire extra help without first discussing it with my mother. So, know not only did she not move in the house in the time promised but know he has increased the budget by hiring outside help.  And those truly were the main issues overpromising and not delivering. Costing my mother both time and money.

However, if she were to do it all over again I would strongly advise her to properly define, document and control the scope of the project. She sort of left things in his hands only checking every now and then. By properly scoping the project they could have avoided many of these issues. And start the project with the best possible cost and time estimates while accurately assessing priorities. (Sotak, 2011)

 

 

References

Burger, R. (2015). 3 Ways to Prevent Scope Creep During a Construction Project. Retrieved from https://blog.capterra.com/prevent-scope-creep-construction-project/

Sehgal, S. (2017). Poor Project Scope Management Practices could lead to Project Failure. Retrieved from https://www.simplilearn.com/poor-project-scope-management-practices-article

Sotak, J. (2011). Old House Newbies: Renovation Scope Creep. Retrieved from http://www.oldhouseweb.com/blog/renovation-scope/

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Budget Costs and Resource Plan

 

Dilbert-budget.strip

(Adams, 2009)

These resources are for those seeking information on how to begin a project plan and what steps are deemed necessary to include in such project plans. Mostly these resources are informative and geared more toward novices in search of better understanding/knowledge of the overall processes involved when creating and executing successful projects.

  1. How to create a perfect Project Plan
    1. This resource by Rastogi explains the many variables involved with creating a project. It further goes to define what a project is and the varies entities needed to make it succeed. I do like the source includes a few sample images/templates of certain tasks like creating a project charter, WBS, and communication plan.

 

  1. Estimating Costs and Time in Instructional Design
    1. This article focuses on estimating costs and time for ID projects. It further goes on to explain how estimating costs vary depending on 1. The nature of the project and 2. How close you are with stakeholders (communication). Clark explains that when using the “ISD model performing evaluations throughout the various phases and using the feedback to adjust the program for the desired results is what estimating costs and resources is all about.” (Clark, 2015) Using an eLearning development program as a guide he showcases the various elements and considerations needed to execute a project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Adams, S. (2009). Dilbert by Scott Adams. Retrieved from http://dilbert.com/comic/Budget%20Estimate

Clark, D. (2015). Estimating Costs and Time in Instructional Design. Retrieved from http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/costs.html

Rastogi, A. (2017). How to create a perfect Project Plan: A step by step guide. Retrieved from https://www.greycampus.com/blog/project-management/10-steps-to-create-a-project-plan