Definitions for "Scope Creep"
Scope creep is the slow and continuous expansion of the scope or a project, such as data type or routine, resulting in a broad, unfocused, and unmanageable scope and usually leads to cost-overruns, missed deadlines, and loss of original goals.
This term is used to describe a commonly occurring problem with projects. Continual change requests and poor project management combine to unintentionally increase the scope of a project. This increase often causes project delays, deadlines to be missed and budget overruns.
The tendency of a project to include more tasks or to implement more systems than originally specified, which often leads to higher than planned project costs and an extension of the initial implementation date.
Stage three of the standard software development model