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Scope creep in software development

Prabhakar, Guru Prakash; Quah, Jennifer


Jennifer Quah


This article clarifies the role and effects of scope creep in software development projects. It discusses how scope can be effectively managed to avoid it from “creeping” and reducing chances of project success. By reviewing a range of literary works on the issue of scope creep in the software field, the discussion includes project scoping, common system development life cycle (SDLC) models, change management and control processes. With the appropriate change management procedures in place, scope creep can be effectively controlled instead of allowing it to control the project. Project managers need to adopt a balanced stance when considering change requests so as to reap the benefits while evading the disastrous consequences of scope creep. This article reviews the two schools of thought concerning scope creep and provides an understanding of its true form.


Prabhakar, G. P., & Quah, J. (2008). Scope creep in software development

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2008
Journal Journal of Social Management
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Pages 45-59
Keywords scope creep, software development, SDLC, change management, change control
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