Join Terri Wagner for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of Project Management: Preventing Scope Creep.
There's an old saying that goes, proper planning prevents poor performance. Never is that more true than in the project management realm and especially when it comes to managing the scope of your project. What we've covered in this course is solid best practice concepts to start and stay in control with your project scope. Focus on helping your team to communicate with each other. Use consistent, proven processes to gather and change scope on your projects. It's ideal when you're operating within a mature organization with well established methodologies, processes, and templates.
When that maturity is missing, you'll need to step up and provide strong and consistent leadership for your team and management. Your team will get used to your structure and process time after time, even if the organization does not have that consistency. I was fortunate enough to be involved with two books that may help in your efforts of applying best practices in your project management. The first book is project manager Street smarts, A Real World Guide to PMP Skills by Linda Zaval, and myself, Terri Wagner.
The second book, is a great resource, to assist in gathering the requirements portion of your scope, and it's called, Certified Business Analysis study guide, by Susan Wiese and myself, Terri Wagner. And one last reminder, there are a number of organizations around the world that provide professional certifications for project managers. Virtually all of them require information on the real world project management experience you've engaged in. So don't forget to record the approximate number of hours you've spent managing projects.
And be sure to include the project objective. Project phase or phases you worked on, along with the supervisor's name that could attest to the work you performed. You may find that information handy at some point if you want to pursue project management certification. Also keep track of the number of hours in project management training you've completed. I wish you well in applying best practices on your projects and encouraging mature processes to prevent scope creep. The sponsor, your team, and the customer will appreciate your leadership when you implement the tools and techniques we've talked about in this course.
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- What is scope creep?
- Why does scope change?
- Factoring in organizational maturity
- Setting scope and requirements
- Building a budget
- Resetting unrealistic expectations
- Resolving communication issues with stakeholders<br><br>
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