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Scope Creep vs Gold Plating Difference

Find out here difference between gold plating and scope creep, which is common in all projects

Gold Plating

Intentionally adding extra features to product/service/result, which were not included in the scope. Gold plating usually performed to make the client happy.

Scope Creep

Uncontrolled changes in scope due to interference of customer or misunderstanding of scope by the project team/manager. Scope creep can also be result of poor communication, poor change control system, vague scope statement, changing market conditions, regulatory requirements or influence from a key stakeholder.

How to Prevent Scope Creep and Gold Plating in Projects?

  1. Assign accountability: Assign specific individuals or teams to be responsible for managing scope and avoiding gold plating. Make sure everyone understands the consequences of scope creep and gold plating.

  2. Set up change management processes: Establish a clear process for requesting, evaluating, and implementing changes to the project scope. This helps prevent unnecessary changes and gold plating.

  3. Conduct regular reviews: Schedule regular check-ins with stakeholders to assess progress and ensure that the project is still aligned with its original objectives and scope.

  4. Use a project management tool: Utilize a project management tool to track progress, prioritize tasks, and keep everyone on the same page.

  5. Communicate project goals and scope regularly: Ensure all stakeholders are aware of the project's objectives, scope, and any changes made to them. Regular communication helps avoid misunderstandings that can lead to scope creep and gold plating.

  6. Define clear project objectives and scope: Establish clear and concise project goals, timelines, and budgets that everyone involved in the project can understand and agree on.

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