Feature Creep

Definition of Feature Creep:

Feature creep is the tendency to add additional requirements or features to a project after development has already started. Feature creep can occur on either a project or sprint level in agile projects.

Synonyms for Feature Creep:

Requirements creep, scope creep

How does Feature Creep work:

Changes and additional requirements are to be expected in a project. Any changes requested after the start of a sprint need to be added to the backlog and prioritized based on value. This ensures that feature creep will not impact the project timeline or cost in a negative way.

Problems of Feature Creep:

  • Endangers project schedule, quality, and cost.
  • Lowers productivity.
  • Prevents teams from meeting iteration goals.

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