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Project Management

Creepy Symptoms

Scope creep can infect freelance projects. Avoid becoming Dr. Overkill and focus on expectation triage for client satisfaction.

By Ambreen Dar

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Scope creep is like a virus ready to infect unsuspecting freelance projects. I thought I was the world's greatest Freelancologist, armed with preventative measures to shield my clients from the looming creepocalypse.

I rolled out the red carpet with meticulous onboarding. Then, crafted project plans and fenced off a well-defined scope like a quarantine zone.

I also morphed into Dr. Overkill, prescribing a full-body scan for a paper cut.

My obsession with itemizing every minuscule task turned into a self-induced epidemic. It was worse than the very scope creep I sought to alleviate.

Clients' satisfaction plummeted like Dr. Overkill's reputation after a malpractice complaint.

How did I recover? I got certified in expectation triage instead of becoming Scopezilla.

I wrote off trivial tweaks to client delight. But when edits resembled an experimental vaccine, it was time to check with their insurance and I called in for approval.

Ambreen Dar

About Ambreen Dar

Ambreen designs for thrillseekers. She left the classroom behind to chase adventures in publishing, then dove into digital marketing's deep end. New tricks abound, but Ambreen's four furry fans still think she's top dog. Alongside Rebekah and Sam, Ambreen makes BRIL.LA's magic - and wouldn't have it any other way.