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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Sohrab Salimi

Scrum Academy GmbH

Sohrab is a long-standing Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and CEO of the Scrum Academy GmbH based in Cologne. He is a trained medical doctor and worked for Bain & Company as a consultant and as a CIO at SE-Consulting, among others, before founding the Scrum Academy. As a consultant and trainer, he has been supporting companies from a wide range of industries for over a decade on topics related to agile transformation, innovation and organizational development.

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