Scope creep happens when a project’s scope is changed or additional requirements are implemented after the start of a project, and you don’t really have any control over it. Although you know that changes are likely to occur at some point during any project, the lack of control that comes with scope creep can be very stressful.
More specifically, scope creep occurs when changes to a project haven’t been authorized, and when the effects of those changes haven’t been addressed. Worse yet, you’re still required to achieve the project’s goals with the same schedule, budget, and resources that you had before the changes were made.
All of this might mean that you’re unable to meet the original authorized aspects of your project on time, and it might cause the project to fail unless you know how to tackle scope creep.
As a professional in project management, you don’t only manage projects, you also lead teams. So, being able to work as both a manager and a leader can help you excel and really stand out in the workplace.
It’s worth taking some time to uncover the things that differentiate a manager from a leader. After all, some people who are leaders might not make the best managers, and vice versa. But if you’re determined to be both, you can hone your skills to manage and lead more effectively.
Take a look at the information below on managers vs. leaders to figure out which one you are, and to gain a clearer picture of what you might need to do to advance your career.
10 Common Risk Mistakes to Avoid on Projects, Part One
Do you want to control your projects instead of having them control you? One of the main ways to do that is by strategically managing risk. But if you aren’t taking the right approach to risk management, you won’t be taking full advantage of what this technique has to offer, and you might even end up doing more harm than good. So, to help you along, we’ve compiled a list of 10 common risk mistakes that you should aim to avoid on every project.
To get started, and to help you improve your risk management strategy, here’s a list of five of the ten common risk management mistakes, along with Tricks of the Trade® on how to avoid them.
10 Common Risk Mistakes to Avoid on Projects (continued).
This is the second part of our guide to 10 of the most common risk mistakes that you should try your best to avoid on projects.
Before moving forward, be sure to read the first 5 Common Risk Mistakes. Then, when you’re ready, check out the remaining five mistakes that can hinder your ability to tackle a project successfully, along with tips that will help you manage risk more effectively.
So, you have been given a project completion date from management or the customer that you think is unrealistic. Did you know that this is the project manager’s fault? Yes, I mean that. An unrealistic schedule only happens if a project manager is not using the tools of project management properly. Here is how to handle this situation once and for all.
Six Considerations for Project Communication Management Planning. Read Tricks of the Trade Project Communication Effect
Use this as a tool to assess change when you are participating in implementing agile in your organization.
In 2006, The International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) created the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) and in 2011 added the Certificate of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®). As of September 2016, this two-tier system has been replaced by a more comprehensive four level, competency-based certification program for business analysis professionals. This whitepaper breaks down each of the four levels by focusing on what you need to know.
Agile Suitability Filters are tools to help assess if an agile approach could fit your organization and project. As with any subjective diagnostic tool, these methods are not hard-and-fast predictors of suitability or project success. The suitability filters described in this whitepaper should be used as conversation starters. Use them to have more objective discussions about the use of agile methods and where risks may be present.
If you are responsible for requirements on your projects you should consider getting formal recognition for that work. PMI is now offering a new certification for business analysis.