Scoping projects and dealing with scope creep
D. Keith Robinson shares a few good tips on Scoping Projects. Scoping is probably the hardest part of most web projects. At least that's my feeling about it. It's so easy to forget something - both as a designer/developer and as a client.
One thing that I've learned is that you need to be very careful and selective about which clients you make last-minute or repeated changes for without getting paid extra. Some clients realise that you're doing them a favour and won't take advantage of it, while others will keep requesting changes until you've spent so much time on the project that your profit is completely gone.
Keith ends his article with a few random tips on project scoping:
- Beware the "fun" project.
- Beware the "easy" project.
- Stick to your guns.
- Be flexible, but protect yourself.
- Give yourself extra time.
- Realize that a perfect project doesn't exist.