Managing Scope

Imagine approaching the completion of a clinical provider order entry (CPOE) system implementation, only to have key stakeholders require the addition of clinical decision support (CDS) in the system. The additional CDS and its associated training will considerably increase the scope of the CPOE system implementation. As in this example, a project’s scope can easily grow larger as stakeholders continually ask for “just one more thing.” This expanding scope is often referred to as “scope creep.” If more items are added to the scope, project managers have the often daunting task of ensuring that a project still remains within budget and on time.

In this Discussion, you evaluate techniques for managing project scope.

To prepare:

  • Consider a work-related project that suddenly expanded in scope. If you have not experienced scope creep in a work-related project, reflect on personal experiences instead. For example, you may have planned a wedding, built a house, remodeled a kitchen, etc.
  • Think about the purpose of the project, the number of people involved, and their responsibilities.
  • Reflect on what caused the project to expand in scope and how you handled the expansion.

THEN

Post a description of the project, including its purpose, the number of people involved, and their responsibilities. Explain what caused the project to expand in scope. Describe how you managed the expansion in the context of project management principles and practices. Explain how you can mitigate or prevent this type of problem in the future.

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