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scope creep

The continual enhancement of the requirements of a project as the system is being constructed. Also called "feature creep," scope creep occurs frequently in information systems development and is often responsible for projects going way over budget if the changes occur in the coding and testing stages rather than in the early design stages.

It seems to be the nature of humans that we cannot figure everything out at the start, and today's systems can be exceedingly complex. Refinements often come during the latter stages, because users, analysts and programmers have gained more experience after new functions are staged into operation. "Rome wasn't built in a day!" See prototyping and estimating a programming job.
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One definition of scope creep is "the gradual expansion of project work without formal acceptance or acknowledgement of their associated costs, schedule impacts or other effects." Another is "the process of adding work and requirements, little by little, until the final project no longer resembles the original one and the original cost estimates and schedule have become meaningless and unworkable." It's very scary, and it happens with projects every day.
The management team reduced scope creep from 18 percent to 11 percent, Wood adds, thanks to new specifications for design consultants.
Next thing you know, a severe bout of scope creep sets in and you end up with a camel.
DSDM is becoming a must-have methodology for today's projects, and generally our customers embrace the process once they appreciate that DSDM is a framework that will deliver the system they want, on time and to budget, effectively avoiding the financial risks associated with time delays and scope creep. The key thing about development today is that it necessitates a team-orientated approach.
Contract management systems are at great risk for scope creep, especially with regard to scope depth.
Because the team was given the freedom to develop a "good design." Because there was no "scope creep" as the project evolved.
Trap avoided: Scope creep. The silent killer of projects is the ever-increasing list of tasks that do not contribute to achieving the original objective.
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Whether it is termed scope creep or engagement creep, it can be challenging to stay within the boundaries of an agreed-upon scope when delivering client services.
Many organizations fall victim to scope creep during the procurement process and overbuy software or other technologies that are never fully used--or, in some cases, implemented at all.
He believes scope creep is a major dilemma for carriers to contend with.