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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