Avoiding the Pitfalls of Scope Creep on Construction Projects
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Know the warning signs that scope creep could be impacting your construction projects and the best ways to identify and manage the impact.Project success can be measured by delivering the required product on time, on budget and at client's expectation. For many construction projects in today's competitive marketplace, completing on time and on budget is challenging. Scope creep is a term used in the construction industry to define the inevitable tendency of projects to expand beyond their original intent and is often described as a cause for construction projects experiencing cost and schedule overruns. In the planning stages of any construction project, owners, designers and contractors each have a vested interest in defining the full project scope and developing an accurate budget. However, as the project progresses, scope creep can go unnoticed, gradually work its way into a project's scope as expectations evolve, and result in significant negative impacts. This topic will discuss some of the causes and reasons for scope creep, as well as warning signs that scope creep could be impacting your construction projects. You will benefit by receiving tools and learning best practices to proactively avoid, timely detect and identify, and manage and mitigate the impact of scope creep.
AuthorsJohn J. Ciccarelli, PE, CCP, PSP, John Ciccarelli Todd M. Vandenhaak, PE, PMP, CCP, CFCC, The Sutor Group
What Is Scope Creep and Why Is It Bad for Your Project?
How Does It Happen?
- Contract Language
- Design Evolution/Late Changes
- Planning and Communication
Owner's and Contractor's Perspectives
- Request for Change - Direct Change vs. Constructive Change Orders
- Change Order Evaluation - Pricing Disputes and Obligations to Progress Work
- Project Control and Reporting Tools
How to Control and Avoid Scope Creep - Do We Have the Right Tools in Place?
- Project Process Evaluation - Scope Development and Change Management During Planning and Execution Phases
- Contract Agreement
- Reporting Tools - Request for Information (RFI) Logs, Trend Logs
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