Is it fine if a project evolves or changes in scope over time?


Frederick Bianchi: If projects begin to deviate from the original concept, it's almost always a good sign because it shows some type of growth. A key reason is the dynamics created from the students' working with the park staff, many of whom have 40+ years of park experience and are extremely dedicated to the work they do. Students are often struck by their sponsor’s commitment—and that changes the project. Sometimes a ranger will say something and a light bulb goes off in a student's thoughts and then there's a new idea and the ranger agrees with that idea and all of a sudden the project starts to evolve. That kind of flexibility is one of the primary characteristics of working in a group on a project in Acadia National Park.

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