Feature Creep

Feature creep, creeping featurism or featuritis is the ongoing expansion or addition of new features in a product, such as in computer software. Extra features go beyond the basic function of the product and so can result in over-complication rather than simple design. Viewed over a longer time period, extra or unnecessary features seem to creep into the system, beyond the initial goals.

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Feature Creep - Consequences
... Occasionally, uncontrolled feature creep can lead to products far beyond the scope of what was originally intended ... intended to be a "medieval style gladiator game", however due to feature creep the game quickly expanded into a large open role-playing game, spawning several sequels ... However, a more common consequence of feature creep is to produce the cancellation of the product, which almost invariably becomes more expensive than was ...
Moving The Goalposts - Feature Creep
... Moving the goalposts may also refer to feature creep, in which the completion of a product like software is not acknowledged because an evolving list of required features ...
Featuritis - Consequences
... Occasionally, uncontrolled feature creep can lead to products far beyond the scope of what was originally intended ... intended to be a "medieval style gladiator game", however due to feature creep the game quickly expanded into a large open role-playing game, spawning several sequels ... However, a more common consequence of feature creep is to produce the cancellation of the product, which almost invariably becomes more expensive than was originally intended ...

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