creeping elegance


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creeping elegance

Describes a tendency for parts of a design to become elegant past the point of diminishing return, something which often happens at the expense of the less interesting parts of the design, the schedule, and other things deemed important in the Real World. See also creeping featurism, second-system effect, tense.
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Two, set the transfer criteria's development process gate and enforce it brutally, avoiding creeping elegance.
Creeping elegance is particularly insidious because once new information is admitted and allowed to lengthen the development schedule, the new, more distant completion date seems to allow time for even more market and technology changes.