Requirements Modifications Changes in Expectations

Changes to the requirements of a project, regardless of the size of the changes, represent a major departure to a project that s already underway. There are two elements to note here: What the nature of the change is about, and whether it represents scope creep. If you remember the "nice-to-haves" versus the "need-to-haves," you' l l have a lot clearer idea of what the request for modification to the requirements is all about. You ll have to get stakeholder and sponsor buy-in.

Warning Be prepared for a sponsor who likes the person requesting the modification to okay it, even though you don't think the change is merited.

Note that new requirements should not be allowed under any circumstances once a project' s scope has been approved and is underway. New requirements should always be considered a new project.

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