Scope creep

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This article is about project management. For the firearms term, see telescopic sight.

Scope creep (also called requirement creep, function creep and feature creep) in project management refers to changes, continuous or uncontrolled growth in a project’s scope, at any point after the project commences.[1] This can occur when the scope of a project is not properly defined, documented, or controlled. It is generally considered harmful.[2]

Scope creep can be a result of:

Scope creep is a risk in most projects. Most megaprojects fall victim to scope creep (see Megaprojects and Risk). Scope creep often results in cost overrun. A "value for free" strategy is difficult to counteract and remains a difficult challenge for even the most experienced project managers.

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  1. ^ Lewis, James (2002). Fundamentals of Project Management (Second ed.). AMACOM. pp. 29, 63. ISBN 0-8144-7132-3. 
  2. ^ Kendrick, Tom (2015). "Chapter 3. Identifying Project Scope Risk". Identifying and Managing Project Risk: Essential Tools for Failure-Proofing Your Project (3rd ed.). AMACOM. pp. 50–52. ISBN 978-0-8144-3609-7.