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Preventing Scope Creep in Your Small Business Plans

April 22, 2010 by

business planHello and welcome to Chesapeake Digital Technology´s blog. We’re an information technology firm in Finksburg, MD. We provide several services, like SEO (Search Engine Optimization)and Technical Support to small and medium businesses.

Scope creep is something that affects every business, no matter what size. You begin with a simple goal in mind and before you know it, the project is massive. You begin the project and some seemingly great ideas come up along the way. However, it doesn’t matter how good the ideas are. If they are not absolutely necessary to the main project’s completion, they need to be stored for later. Here are two tips for preventing scope creep.

Clearly Define Project Parameters

Clearly defining the parameters of a project is incredibly important to its success. If you don’t have a solid plan in place, this is the first place you will begin to see scope creep. You might have a great idea about how to get your product or service on the Internet. Then, you realize that you could do so much more at the same time if only… And that’s how it happens. Create a blueprint for your project to prevent it from growing outside of your control.

Create a Change Authorization Structure

This is more for larger companies but it can work for a company of any size, if done correctly. All you need to do is establish a chain of people who must sign off on changes to a project. This is, of course, easier to do when you have a massive company. However, if you are a small business owner, pick one other person to run ideas by to make sure they line up with your project’s goals.

Well, that’s all for our post on scope creep (see more info about Project Management). I better wrap it up here before it gets away from me.

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