Let’s say you have a brilliant, industry-changing application in mind. The more you start planning it, the more ideas you have to make it out of this world. If this sounds like you, be careful – your project is in danger of scope creep.

Scope creep is one of the most significant risks an app development project can face. However, knowing what it is and how your project can avoid it is your best prevention strategy.

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What is scope creep?

It’s important to have a clear plan for your app development in order to avoid scope creep.

 

Scope creep is what happens when you let a new project get out of control. To break it down, the scope is what you plan on producing and the work needed to do it. When you add creep into the scope, you’re creating additional features to the project, often not authorised, making the work harder to complete.

This can happen when you or a client decides to create new requirements or extras that they think would be beneficial to making the app after the scope has been outlined. But adding in these extras prolongs the project and risks missing deadlines and rushing the original work. It can also happen when your team doesn’t have a clear idea of what needs to take place in the development process.

It all adds up to a waste of time, resources and money for you or your client.

How does scope creep affect your team (or a client)

On the surface, scope creep could look more like ambition – trying to make something bigger and better than originally planned. However, scope creep is dangerous for many reasons.

When diverging from the original plan, you introduce unknown variables to the overall process which could alter deadlines, compromising the original work that needed to be done within that time frame. Rushing to get the work done ultimately harms the final product. The initial research needed to make sure the app will be a success is incredibly important, and adding new steps will require additional, time-consuming research.

In the end, it all adds up to a waste of time, resources and money for you or your client. And worst of all, it leaves you with an unsuccessful application.

Don’t diverge from your original scope.

 

How can you avoid scope creep

It might be hard to avoid completely, but to work as efficiently as possible, it’s crucial to define the scope and stick to it. Here’s what you should keep in mind to do just that:

  • Document the scope: Make sure you document exactly what the project requires including deliverables, budget and timeframe.
  • Prepare for change: Alterations to your scope will happen, but as long as you have a protocol in place you can avoid making any unnecessary changes.
  • Break it down: In order to keep everyone on track and within the scope, break the project down so you can easily view each step of the way.
  • Create a schedule: Bolster the break down with a schedule so the team can stay on track and avoid discrepancies.
  • Communicate often: Open communication with everyone involved in the development will ensure no one steps out of line and helps people be aware of the process.

One of the biggest ways to avoid scope creep is to bring in experience. Having someone who is versed in app development will be able to instruct the team on the appropriate alterations and processes throughout the project. The team here at Techwitty specialises in all things app development including UI/UX design, front and back-end development, API and data analysis.

If you want to get your app completed by the experts, reach out to our team today.

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