Avoiding scope creep isnt easy especially when the request or demand comes from a leader you dont like saying no to and may not be used to being contradicted. If you now also have to deal with multiple requests from multiple stakeholders of different projects you will quickly get into trouble with your time and budget plans. How to stay on top of the scope of multiple projects Make the work breakdown structure WBS an important part of every project plan and use it to counteract scope creep.
During the planning you put together the project requirements in a content and scope description and use this to create the project structure plan. The WBS breaks down the project requirements into individual deliverables describes the tasks required to deliver that deliverable provides the estimated time required for the tasks and Specific Database establishes the order and approach. With a WBS you can show how a proposed scope change will affect schedule and project resources. And more importantly you can make clear what that means for the other projects youre managing at the same time.
An example You manage project A and project B. Both require the work of a software developer. If the same developer scheduled project A one week and project B the following week but suggested expanding the scope of project A the impact could be in a number of ways The expansion of the scope and schedule of Project A is approved. Project B will be paused until the developers have completed Project A. As a result Project B will be completed later and the budget and resource needs are likely to change. The expansion of the scope and schedule of Project A is approved.