Believe it or not, up until about a month ago, I had never heard of the term ‘scope creep’ before.
My overactive imagination tends to think of a monster or weird dude creepin’ its way on into your bubble. Or a co-worker with a really bad case of halitosis that’s always uncomfortably close, breathing on you.
But no! In case I’m not the only one who didn’t have a clue until now, scope creep is actually a term used to describe the act of unexpectedly or unconsciously going beyond the parameters and expectations that have been firmly set for a specific project.
Now given the fact that this term is mainly used in project management around workplace strategies, as someone who is definitely not a corporate gal, I guess it completely makes sense that it’s never been part of my vocab.
But I get it! I see this as a sort of ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’ that I know all too well, just around something more specific than life in general. (Hello, Queen of Wanderlust here!)
I certainly saw that monster creeping his way into my web refresh. “Oooh, now we can add this! Do you think we can also do that? What if we also had a….” My poor husband (aka web developer); it was then that he introduced me to the scope creep idea.
I’m bringing this up to you today not only because I just love all of the visuals that comes along with this term, but I also think it’s an important reminder for all of us to keep focused.
Keep your eyes on the prize.
Any project or goal hits that point where the honeymoon is over. You had this great idea, had so much fun thinking about it, putting it all together and planning it out…even the beginning is shiny and new and keeps you charged and going forward.
Then at some point, it hits that ho-hum stage. That’s a different point for each of us, depending on who you are and what the project is. This can even be around a lifestyle goal you’ve set for yourself. For me I know, once something I’m working on gets beyond the creative boundary and starts entering boring-ass technical country, I’m looking to book the next flight to Fiji.
But that’s the fuel that keeps it going, my friends. If you stop where it starts to get difficult, you will never get to where you are going.
Remember your Kick It, Divvy It and Rock It skills! Break your project down into tiny pieces and figure out how you are going to rock each one. Or divvy it out, if you can. Kick it? Well…you need to be very specific about that; really get discerning about whether not doing something is actually better for your goals overall.
When talking about scope creep inspirations, sometimes it is best to Kick It (or them!) until a later time. As tempting as it is to add that beautiful, sparking glitter to the already planned out and specifically decorated task or enterprise, that current moment may not be the time.
What if scope creep is actually a wise specter tapping you on the shoulder, causing you to question whether this specific project is right for you or not?
That’s always a possibility, and sometimes we do need to listen to that helpful spirit. This is why doing your homework before you start the task is so important; not just the specifics of the actual project, but knowing and living by your Word, understanding your Why, digging deep into what your soul really wants and needs.
When you know you’re aligned with what you’re going for, you’re on a roll! It’s so easy and tempting to come up with another amazing idea to add to it!
I’m always about adding sparkle–but as much as I want to pout about it, I know it’s best to wait until the project’s been glued and pasted and has everything is in its place.
Because adding that glitter before it’s all set and done is only going to lead to more and more additions and then before you know it, you’re on to something else with yet another thing unfinished.
Let me know if I can help with your homework; drawing some tarot cards for a base is a great way to see if your inner specter is on the same page.