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A Lesson Learned from Construction Projects to prevent Scope Creep

9 pagesPublished: May 26, 2024


This article delves into the pervasive issue of scope creep in construction projects, drawing
insights from case studies and existing literature. It explores the challenges and conflicts arising
in three construction projects from Bahrain as a direct consequence of scope creep. It elucidates
how scope creep can lead to disputes among team members, resource overruns, missed
deadlines, and compromised quality. Through insightful anecdotes and analysis, it examines
each conflict scenario independently, discussing not only the negative outcomes but also
recommend on the potential strategies to mitigate scope creep’s impact. The recommendations
focus on clear communication and collaboration to prevent scope creep. Training programs for
project managers are identified as a critical need, specifically enhancing skills in scope
management and change procedures. Project governance rules and codes and contractual
immunity for project managers emerge as proactive measures to prevent issues in later project
stages. Three case studies further exemplify the practical implications of these
recommendations. The findings emphasize the universal applicability of these strategies in
diverse construction project scenarios, offering a comprehensive framework for mitigating
scope creep and ensuring successful project outcomes.

Keyphrases: Disputes, project management, Scope creep, Stakeholders’ Management

In: Tom Leathem, Wesley Collins and Anthony J. Perrenoud (editors). Proceedings of 60th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference, vol 5, pages 659--667

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Baz Abaza and Krishna Kisi},
  title     = {A Lesson Learned from Construction Projects to prevent Scope Creep},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of 60th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference},
  editor    = {Tom Leathem and Wes Collins and Anthony Perrenoud},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Built Environment},
  volume    = {5},
  pages     = {659--667},
  year      = {2024},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2632-881X},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/zmdp}}
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