How to Avoid Scope Creep

I like to travel light, so I used to carry a very small, vintage suitcase without any wheels.

Then I got a bigger one with wheels. Nice! It doesn’t matter how much it weighs, and I can even unzip the front for an extra inch of space.

The first time I went out of town, I started filling my new suitcase with the essentials.

Then I added a second pair of shoes in case I went hiking. And an extra coat, just in case.

And three books. And some paper, a pencil case, and a portable watercolor kit.

And some snacks. And one last book.

I ended up filling it to the zipper capacity, and was at least 3 times bigger than my previous tiny suitcase.

Did I use all of this stuff? Not really. Maybe one or two things were useful, but the rest just sat there.

 

 

That’s a variation of Parkinson’s Law in action, which states:

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”
– Cyril Northcote Parkinson

 

My X-treme cartoon became a monster project!

What started as a cool and simple idea got out of control, so I’m going to use it as a case study to show you how to pinpoint the problems and resolve scope creep or keep it from happening in your own projects.

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The Making of “Wall of Death”

My friend was recently in a mosh pit with the other metal heads at a music festival, totally enjoying her favourite band, when she suddenly realized she was by herself. The crowd was split in half, but everybody was still enjoying the band. A bit warily, she stayed to listen and enjoy the song.

Then, the singer started a countdown.

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A genius way to learn fast for great art

Do you get ideas, start planning, and then keep on planning to the point where you create a monster project that would take you a year and a full crew to finish? Or do you overthink things to the point that you end up staring at a blank page?

 

I have binders full of ideas that are mostly unfinished because I let them become monster projects. To change that, now I’m creating very short projects that (should) take less than a week to finish.

 

 

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