Why do you think project scope (requirements) management is so challenging in IT projects?

In digital age, IT projects have become an essential part of almost every business, But it is also important to recognize that managing project scope or requirements, in IT projects is not an easy task as it poses various challenges. The complexity and fast pace of technological advancements coupled with the need to be cost-effective, and efficient create an environment where managing project scope can be demanding.

Firstly, one of the pivotal challenges is that the stakeholders’ requirements are constantly evolving.  We know that, technology is dynamic and as new needs arise, the project scope needs to be adjusted to accommodate these changes.  Moreover, managing stakeholders’ expectations is also challenging since they might have conflicting requirements that may be incompatible with the project’s goal.

Second, IT projects are often characterized by a lack of clarity, and agreement on the scope of work, this can be attributed to the fact that technology projects are interdisciplinary stated Atkinson et al. (2006) and the key stakeholders hold different technical backgrounds, making it hard to have a mutual understanding of the project’s scope.

Thirdly, project scope (requirements) management is challenging in IT projects due to the changing technological landscape, conflicting stakeholder requirements, and undefined project scope. However, with effective communication, stakeholder management, and Agile methodologies, IT project scope management can be made more manageable.

In conclusion, the intricate world of information technology project management is a complex, ever-evolving sphere, presenting a unique set of challenges for those striving to complete successfully. Oftentimes, project managers are tasked with the arduous responsibility of ensuring that the scope and requirements of IT projects are clearly defined and effectively managed (Atkinson et al., 2006). Regarded as one of the most formidable obstacles to overcome, project scope (requirements) management frequently presents intricate challenges that require sagacious thinking and a vast array of technical skills to navigate.

At the end I would to ask an interesting question, why do IT project scope management pose such a challenge?


Atkinson, R., Crawford, L., & Ward, S. A. (2006). Fundamental uncertainties in projects and the scope of project management. International Journal of Project Management, 24(8), 687–698. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2006.09.011
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