This week I was asked to discuss a topic that brings fear into the hearts of the even the most harden veteran instructional designers, that topic is scope creep! Scope creep is as Lynch, M. M., & Roecker, J. (2007) explain “uncontrollable changes in the requirement of the course as defined in the scope definition of the project management plan” (p. 96). Scope creep can happen with any project no matter the size and it has happened to me in the past. The project that was affected I have talked about in earlier posts, it was the testing center rules project that I got to witness firsthand the devastating power of scope creep. The project I was tasked with was to clean up the many organizations my institution had on are Blackboard server. What I needed to do was to find and contact the leaders of the different organizations and then verify if they were still using the organization or if it could be deleted. I was given a workable schedule and I proceeded with the project. The problem that occurred was that I did not intended for the long delay in response to my email asking if the organization was still in use. I wanted to wait to receive verification from all the organizations before I proceeded into the next step of clearing the organizations and preparing them for deletion. So I waited to hear back from the leaders and that caused me precious time. Needless to say I did complete the project but it was only after I had seriously gone over my schedule. In the future if this were to happen again instead of waiting to hear from all the leaders I would begin preparing the organizations I had received verification from for deletion instead of waiting for all the organizations to verify before proceeding to the next step. I would also set milestones in which I would communicate with my boss what was happening and inform him of the delay in response. I think this would allow my boss to stay informed and possibly help the situation by providing ideas for other forms of contact with the leaders.
Lynch, M. M., & Roecker, J. (2007). Project managing e-learning: A handbook for successful design, delivery, and management. London: Routledge