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Discussion 6 Scope Creep Control Coping with change is a crucial task that any project manager must be able to handle (Meredith & Mantel, 2012). Scope creep starts many of the changes to design, schedule, personnel, resources, etc. Scope creep is the addition of new features or functions outside of the authorized scope of the project (Larson & Larson, 2009). Scope creep occurs because of five basic reasons: 1. Ambiguous scope definition 2. Lack of formal requirement management 3. Inconsistent process for collection product requirements 4. Lack of stakeholder involvement 5. Project length (Larson & Larson, 2009) The key for PMs is to be able to control scope creep with a formal change control system that is responsible for “integrating and coordinating changes through the systems development cycle” (Meredith & Mantel, 2012, p. 498). The implementation of this kind of system will allow PMs to have a system in place to monitor and plan for potential risks that scope creep may impose. Scope creep is inevitable, especially
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