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Managing Scope

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on October 23, 2022.

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This is a guide to reeling in your project’s scope.

Often, Oasis projects start as big dreams, but by halfway through you realize you aren’t as far along as you had hoped. This isn’t something to stress about, it’s just something to work from.

A “Typical” Oasis project tends to have a roadmap that looks like this:

Learn JS from scratch
Build React frontend
Add some really sick animations
Database using Firebase
Use Machine Learning to make recommendations to users
Launch rocket to space
Change the world forever

By halfway, this is what progress tends to look like:

Learn JS from scratch
Build React frontend
Add some really sick animations
Database using Firebase
Use Machine Learning to make recommendations to users
Launch rocket to space
Change the world forever

So what’s the solution? To narrow your scope down to what your original focus was when you joined Oasis.

Think about features which are essential to your app demonstrating what you wanted to achieve. If your app was a social media app, maybe it means not doing comments and just doing posts. If your app was a game, maybe it means remove the networking and playing it all locally. If you’re a CS major, maybe it means just using deodorant and forgoing a whole shower.

After cutting down to the essential features, your project should look a little more achievable:

Learn JS from scratch
Build React frontend
Add some really sick animations
Database using Firebase
Use Machine Learning to make recommendations to users
Launch rocket to space
Change the world forever

Now it’s time to focus on those few remaining features you’re yet to get to:

Learn JS from scratch
Build React frontend
Add some really sick animations
Database using Firebase
Use Machine Learning to make recommendations to users
Launch rocket to space
Change the world forever

You’ve got this!!