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function creep

A popular term for the gradual broadening of the scope or function of a technology or system beyond its original purpose. Function creep is a concern for NHS IT systems as it risks compromising patient confidentiality by increasing the number of users in the UK with access to data which patients should reasonably expect to remain private.
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What is the potential for expanded or better crafted energy policy to deal with scope creep and improve both the efficiency and the effectiveness of the review process?
According to industry experts, appraisal scope creep actually has been going on for years; it's just the mixed bag of causes that has changed over time.
There are a number of reasons for scope creep, and the following are a few of the most common:
Additionally, stay within a prescribed budget and avoid the scope creep that can arise from soliciting franchisee feedback (an advised and necessary step) that accelerates investment and can result in an under-utilized series of add-ons, upgrades, and or customizations.
I am constantly shocked that projects are not only approved with such poor requirements, but work often begins without a good understanding of the scope and impact of the business requirements- Expectations are set that are unrealistic and then informally changed throughout the project--the dreaded scope creep.
The USDOT Office of Inspector General (OIG) cited scope creep as a key reason that cost estimates for a major interstate interchange project jumped 180 percent, from $241 million in 1994 to $676.
Establish clear, agreed-upon project goals and specific milestones to avoid scope creep.
Indeed, adhering closely to the goals of each phase avoids cost over-runs and scope creep (the process by which costly add-ons are tacked on to a project mid-stream).
In short, the team knew when to stop - thus ensuring that there was no opportunity for scope creep, and that deadlines were met.
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.