Scope Creep


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Scope Creep

A slang term for the gradual extension of the goal or parameters of a project, especially if they are changed by a manager attempting to make himself/herself look good to his/her own managers.
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There are a number of reasons for scope creep, and the following are a few of the most common:
"Scope creep has derailed a lot of enterprise software projects and can be the biggest contributor to cost overruns and delays," says Mark Hall, director of research & strategy for TMG Consulting.
Strengthening these communications will help mitigate the risk of unintended scope creep.
* "Scope creep"--eg, the uncontrolled addition of extra requirements.
Bad requirements and scope creep are two banes of a PM's existence.
If this is not done--especially on a project that will require a lengthy period of time to implement--then there will be a tendency to tack on additional items, resulting in what we'll refer to as "scope creep." This scope creep may not only result in extra costs but also in project delays or outcomes that were not contemplated within the initial project description.
"Scope creep" leads to escalating costs; therefore, it is strongly advisable to manage and control the scope in order to control the cost.
One major objective of the Wragge team was to avoid the threat of 'scope creep' where specifications change during the course of the contract because the original requirements lack appropriate detail.
They have merely forced internal scope creep to take advantage of a larger market share, which means a client has requested additional services beyond the scope of the provider's core expertise.
Though most creative agencies report doing well in terms of increased profits, with 38% reporting a net profit increase of more than 11 percent, agencies are still experiencing some key challenges related to workflow management, such as visibility into over-servicing, management of scope creep and projects going over budget.
While the engagement letter signed by the athlete stated that the CPA firm was not responsible for detecting theft or fraud, the regular meetings with the attorney and client were not included in an engagement letter, and the scope creep proved problematic.
Along the same lines, "scope creep" has also been a challenge for the VERF.