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Are You or Your Business a Victim of “Scope Creep?”

You are. You just didn’t know the definition.

Tom Egelhoff
3 min readMay 25


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The title of this daily blog might suggest being on the lookout for a creepy guy checking you out with a telescope.

Sorry while that is creepy, it’s not the kind of “scope creep” I’m talking about.

Definition of “Scope Creep”

While almost every business has experienced “scope creep” at one time or another, they might not have known the definition of their situation.

Let’s say you have a simple project at your workplace.

You’re working away, getting near completion, and someone comes along and adds some additional work to the project.

This common practice is known as “scope creep.”

The size and scope of the project begin to grow as more tasks and responsibilities creep in.

If not clearly defined and controlled, the project will eventually collapse under its own weight.

Requirement Creep and Feature Creep

As more requirements are added, and deadlines are unattainable, the project begins to bog down, taking employee confidence and morale with it.

It’s like an animal designed by a committee. More and more features are added until costs are outside the budget.

Social Scope Creep

This phenomenon happens in our everyday lives too.

Every year we plan some type of property improvement, and it rarely stays within the parameters we set at the beginning.

Things always seem to cost more than we budgeted for, and when one space is done, we question the look of other areas, and the work suddenly overwhelms the pleasure we expected at the end.



Tom Egelhoff

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