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Scope creep a major issue for Singapore CTOs and CIOs

Nurdianah Md Nur | June 12, 2013
Prominent causes for scope creep include poor project management, staff continuity and changing regulatory environment.

Steve McGowan
Steve McGowan, division director of Robert Half Technology in Singapore.

Seventy-six percent of chief technology officers (CTOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) in Singapore are concerned about scope creep in their jobs, according to a survey by recruitment firm Robert Half.

This is comparable to global situation: the percentage of CTOs and CIOs concerned by scope creep worldwide is also high at 76 percent. Hong Kong has the highest level of concern at 82 percent.

Scope creep refers to uncontrolled changes or continuous growth in project scopes which cause the company to spend more time and money on a project than planned.

Respondents in Singapore cited poor project management (52 percent), staff continuity (44 percent) and changing regulatory environment (38 percent) as prominent causes of scope creep.

To counter scope creep, better planning and clear communication of the project objectives to senior management to ensure that everyone is on the same page are needed.

"According to the survey, 54 percent of respondents are pushing for better project management to combat scope creep while 52 percent are trying to improve collaboration between departments," said Steve McGowan, division director of Robert Half Technology in Singapore.

He added that this growing concern of scope creep had also caused "an increasing demand for IT professionals with strong leadership and communications skills who can deal with regular changes to the job and project objectives".

It was found that the projects revolving around app development (44 percent), system upgrades and deployment (40 percent), e-commerce (34 percent) and website development (30 percent) are prone to scope creep.

 

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