This week we learned about dealing with scope creep. A few years ago, I had a group project over a specific medical condition. As the project progressed, some group members felt the need to add in extras to make our presentation seem more interesting. I agreed that it would be nice to have a more interactive presentation but also did not want to waste time to create these extras. Majority voted to make an interactive game. We did successfully add in an interactive game and finish the project on time, but it was not without some stress to finish at the end.
Looking back, if I was the group leader I would have had more conversations at the beginning of the project discussing the possibility of adding in extras later on in the project. I feel that vocalizing how important it is to stay on task now and if there is extra time, to add it in then. As Dr. Stolovitch stated in our video resource this week: “under promise so you can over deliver”. Group members in any project will want to enhance the project by adding in extras. By explaining that those things can be added in later once the main details of the project are completed, group members will understand it is not your fault if the extras cannot be added in, you are simply following the timeline. Then if there is extra time towards the end of the project, the group member will be excited that there is extra time to add to the project.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (n.d.). Monitoring projects [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (n.d.). Practitioner voices: You can’t win them all [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu