Project Creep

Project Creep

A slang term for the gradual extension of a deadline, especially if the parameters of a project are moved repeatedly. See also: Scope creep.
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If these things are not defined precisely beforehand, an IAM project can quickly increase in complexity and lead to expensive and time-consuming project creep.
To begin, organizations should right-size projects and provide appropriate executive oversight to avoid project creep.
There is also a danger of project creep, with users being able to directly ask developers to build functionality that was never within the original project scope.
The answer is getting ahead, and then staying ahead, on the project and then planning a strategy for managing the two critical players in any project - the project sponsor, who should be known at this point, and the project creep (a problem in project management that jeopardizes overall objectives as the schedule progresses), who or what will be unknown but could be anyone or everything, including, if you are really unlucky, the project sponsor.
Manage the project creep, which is inevitable but manageable with a proven change process.
Project creep occurs when the project grows to become something never intended or approved.
For the purposes of this article the term project creep will refer to the adding of projects and processes to the workload without prior establishment of clear linkages as to how these activities align with the organizational strategic objectives.
As such they are often adopted and become project creep.
To protect against project creep (that dangerous lack of adherence to project parameters, goals, and agreements), Flagstar set a date after which no further additions could be made to the scope of the design and implementation.
Letting the scope of the project creep much beyond the initial boundaries on which budgets and timelines were predicated risks harming one or more of the legs of the iron triangle: quality, speed, and cost.
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