Analyzing Scope Creep


                                             (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)




Burger, R. (2015). 3 Ways to Prevent Scope Creep During a Construction Project. Retrieved from

Sehgal, S. (2017). Poor Project Scope Management Practices could lead to Project Failure. Retrieved from

Sotak, J. (2011). Old House Newbies: Renovation Scope Creep. Retrieved from

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