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.