We’ve all had what designer Nico Hämäläinen refers to as a “Snowball Project” — a project that quickly escalates in its size and demand (otherwise known as “scope creep”). From Hämäläinen’s post:

A while after starting to implement a new project, I might realize that I’ve forgotten a couple of things. Fast forward a bit more, the project starts turning into a something that keeps growing in complexity the more you work on it; a snowball project.

How do we melt these snowballs?

What I try to do nowadays with my projects is that whenever I have an idea for a new feature or change into my project, what I feel is going to improve some part of the product. I write it down and forget about it. This way I can see if the same idea keeps popping up, and the more it pops up, the more it’s likely needed, and more likely be implemented.

Stop implementing everything, and only do the absolute essentials of your product for it to work.

  • cacolu

    I wish the same could be so easily said for art, but every artist knows that point where they feel like something is missing in the project that they are working on and it just starts getting more elements or more change and completion gets further and further away. Best advice on ANY Project? KNOW WHEN TO STOP!

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