My biggest mistake during project management!

Things you can avoid during your product scope change!

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I’ve been undergoing a shift in my priorities and redefining a couple of things in my routines. I put the newsletter to a lower priority and did think about dissolving it a couple of times. You would’ve read enough about it in my previous letters!

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This week, I wanted to share a huge mistake that I have realised recently while setting up scope for a product in my club.

While discussing products, I used to confine the scope to a bare minimum of features.

Though it’s what we needed for our product and we called it an MVP, the deadline was never met.

Scope Mistakes I used to make :

  1. I used to think that reduced scope meant fast delivery.

  2. If a method is simpler to me, any developer can implement it.

Does reduced scope mean fast delivery?

Quantitatively, yes! However, the reduction should not be subjective to my understanding alone, and the change in scope must be as early as possible.

If you reduce the scope to 5 tasks instead of 10, then fast delivery may be expected. But, you cannot reduce the scope of the project by changing the functionality of individual tasks.

Does dictating your developer to follow your method solve the problem better?

No! Not everyone has the same thought process. Give them the freedom to choose a method and complete the work. There’s always room for improvement and a time when it has to be shared.

Let’s drill down the above using a real-time example:

If I have a requirement to showcase the team members list based on the selected year and then based on the profile click, a new list of members who work under the clicked profile will be displayed. Any profile from the current list will be clicked and kept going on and on.

  • The scope cannot be reduced by changing the click behaviour to open a popup with the profile details. This will be added as a new task and not as a reduction in scope.

  • Also, when you want them to implement it using a specific DS, which may be easy for you, it is high time they ignore it, as it may sound hard or uninteresting to them. So, let’s allow them to do it their way and provide suggestions later if needed.

What does reducing the scope of your project mean to you?

Is fast delivery a myth when reworking your scope? What’s your opinion?

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