by: Stevie Borne
Scope creep is bad if it’s hidden or if it’s not done for the reasons described in this article. If you find yourself faced with scope creep, be sure it will benefit the customer and that it is imperative to be done now.
Consider if it’s needed to meet the minimum features to make money with the product or if the scope change can happen later. If you determine the scope change can and should wait, let your “No, not right now” answer be firm and backed with data. Then add that item to a backlog for future consideration.
While it’s never easy to have conversations telling a customer or stakeholder that they can’t have a feature right away, delivering a valuable product on time and budget will please them more than if you let the scope get out of control.
GET TO KNOW THE AUTHOR
Stevie has over 20 years of software development experience, with most of that being on Agile teams. From her first Agile project, she was hooked on the collaborative, customer-focused approach that enabled her teams to delight customers with incremental, valuable deliverables. After moving on from a developer role, she has held numerous roles, including Product Owner, Scrum Master, Project Manager, Coach, and Development Manager.
“I have had the opportunity to coach hundreds of Agile teams and leaders, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies worldwide. During these engagements, I’ve guided leaders and team members alike to discover a practical approach to apply Agile values and principles successfully. Mentoring is one of my true passions. ”
Why Did You Choose This Field?
I don’t have a good answer for this….I fell into software development and along the way discovered I enjoy helping clients solve their problems with creative technical solutions while equipping their teams to do their best work.
Stevie is an international speaker, trainer, and professional life coach. She holds numerous Scrum, Agile, and coaching certifications. When not working with her software teams and leaders, you can find Stevie outside hiking, biking, and rock climbing.