A Look at Scope Creep in Construction

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July 24, 2012 — 1,252 views  
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Scope creep is a process in which work is added to a project after the guidelines for the endeavor have been established. This could occur for a number of reasons, and frequently appears in many different forms.

While supervisors might take the necessary precautions to avoid scope creep, changes may happen without notice. These modifications can impact the short- and long-term goals included in an initial outline, and may force work crews to devote more time and resources to a project.

Construction officials may encounter scope creep, but there are several ways you can put your team in position to control this problem. Consider the following techniques to effectively manage scope creep at your construction site.

1. Complete research

When you design a project, you'll want to conduct in-depth analysis of any variables that could arise. These factors can be difficult to predict, and it might help to examine problems that may have arisen during previous jobs.

For instance, your team could receive three months to finish a building renovation. You'll want to maximize your time, so getting started immediately is key to your success. Draft an outline that combines aspects such as budget issues, staffing matters and other concerns you may have.

Next, consider the ways you can approach each issue with the resources you have available. Doing so gives you the chance to develop a plan you can use for your project. This initiative might be altered over the course of the job, but it can serve as a basic outline to follow.


2. Be proactive

Falling behind on a problem is a recipe for disaster. With a proactive approach, you give yourself a better chance to see potential issues before they occur, which gives you more time to find suitable resolutions.

Communication is important to take a proactive approach. Asking your employees if they have encountered any issues during a project every day may help you avoid scope creep. Additionally, developing milestones and creating progress reports could prove beneficial.

3. Prepare for scope creep

Despite your best efforts, scope creep is likely to happen at some point during a project. However, you can try to build extra time into your schedule to prepare for such problems. This gives you the opportunity to remain on track to finish a project on time.

You might have limited control over scope creep, but preparing for the worst might allow you to successfully finish your project.

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