Purnima Valiathan

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Every ID's nightmare - scope creep


The group took a short coffee break and that’s when Aakriti had an idea. She didn’t know if it would work, but it was well worth a try. As soon as they regrouped, she handed all of them a small piece of paper, which she made by cutting A 4 size sheets into four equal parts.

She asked all of them to draw a scenery

What was Akriti trying to achieve — listen in…




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  1. Again a great story Ma’am.
    Yes, In my opinion Akriti did hit the bull’s eye. Through her activity she was successful in planting the idea of:
    1. How the subject is important in articulating a project.
    Everyone had to draw the same topic but they had a different vision to it. At the end what is important is if the topics have been covered well. Also, while giving inputs the SME should be clearly emphasizing on topics according to the relevance of the topic.
    2. Once the initial requirement has been met any additional information should only be considered if it was of utmost relevance to the topic.
    When Akriti asked them to draw a meadow, she gave them an add on requirement at the end.
    Her experience as an ID will help her explain to the group as to how the information should flow and importance of relevant information vis-a-vis information that are merely considered as cosmetic changes.

  2. Aakriti was trying to demonstrate the difficulty in fitting new, unforeseen requirements into a finished product. And yes, she used her experience in designing a teaching moment to plan the activity to drive a point. She modelled the challenge she was facing from the client as a creative activity to illustrate the unreasonableness of the client’s request regarding the project scope.

  3. It was a great illustration to make the client team understand the scoping of a project. Aakriti was teaching them that once the goals of the project are decided, design documents are prepared and project is developed, changes made at this stage will distort the overall objective of the project and it will not meet its delivery goals and deadlines. However, once the project is implemented, feedback from the participants and trainer or evaluators on the its effectiveness can be taken and further improvements can be planned in consultation with clients with clear deadlines.

  4. I think Akiriti was trying to drive the group’s attention to the issue at hand and how out of context issues could result in problems. Her skills as ID came in handy because she posed a problem to the group that could be thought out and solved.

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