What is scope creep? At its end, a project produces a deliverable, which can be a product, a service, a documentation, or a result. The extent of the work needed to produce the final deliverable is the project scope. A project scope includes a scope statement and a work breakdown structure approved by the project sponsor.
Change on projects is inevitable, so the possibility for scope creep is also inevitable. Perhaps this is the reason why taming scope creep is so challenging. We don’t mean to imply that additional functionality or work is not desirable on projects.
Most of the causes of this deviation can be avoided if project managers improve their task management. The results of adopting better project management practices are evident in the PMI’s Pulse of Profession 2018. Organizations with a high level of maturity and better practices successfully avoided scope creep in their projects.