Control Scope

With excerpts from my Project Management Novel, I will illustrate the many processes of the PMBOK.  Here is the twenty-sixth one: Control Scope. Use this map to see how this process fits into the scheme of processes.   25 Control Scope

As the autumn moved into winter and the work on tower moved inside, Robert, the priest, was asking for changes on the interior design of the steeple. At first Gwilym agreed to his changes but soon it became clear that each change cost money and time. He addressed his concerns to Robert.

“Father, you’ve asked me to move that wall three times now. You realize that each time I do that, it costs me a day of two men’s time. Not only is that money out of my pocket, it takes a day away from us finishing on time. I have to keep in control of the project’s scope.”

“I understand, son,” replied the priest. “But it is much cheaper to make the changes now, rather than when the steeple is finished isn’t it?”

“It is certainly cheaper for you. You’re not paying me anything for these changes. But each one is costing me.”

Father Robert looked thoughtfully at Gwilym. “I dare say you’re right. Perhaps you should be charging me from now on.” They agreed to a daily rate for all changes and the priest’s requests dropped significantly.