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TOPIC: Scope creep vs Gold platting

Scope creep vs Gold platting 2 weeks 1 day ago #17895

  • Gaurav Saxena
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whats basic difference in between two. below question i have taken from one of other group, not sure what should be the answer.

Frank is a project team member in your project. Frank has been adding changes to the software interface for the software that your project is creating. Because Frank has been adding these features new risks have entered into the project. You elect that these additions should be removed from the project even if it takes extra time and money to remove the features. What are these riskladen features called?

A- Gold plating
B- Scope creep
C- Negative risks
D- Corrective actions

Scope creep vs Gold platting 1 week 3 days ago #17934

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Hi Gaurav,

Can you post the source of this question (per forum policy)?

The example you provided sounds like gold plating. Gold plating is where a developer adds features to a deliverable that are not included in the project scope. PMI defines scope creep as "the uncontrolled expansion to product or project scope without adjustments to time, cost, and resources." So with gold plating the project scope has not changed, rather a project team member is including enhancements that are not included in the project scope. With scope creep, the scope of the project is increasing, but without consideration for the impact to other project constraints. So for scope creep, imagine a project where approval is given to expand the project, but as a result the project goes over budget and schedule. Additionally, scope creep suggests a problem with the change control process, since the scope change was not analyzed for the impact to other constraints. Whereas gold plating has nothing to do with the change control process itself, but rather just a failure to use it.
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Scope creep vs Gold platting 1 week 3 days ago #17939

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Thanks,
i got this question from one of group so can't confirm on authenticity and also not aware of answer. however my answer was also Gold platting. Kindly refer below , is it correct statement ?

Gold platting - additional features which was not in scope and not demanded by customer ?
Scope Creep- these changes make projects in trouble by exceeding scope, schedule , cost

Scope creep vs Gold platting 1 week 2 days ago #17943

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I think you are spot on with gold plating. The scope has not been changed, rather a developer has added features or made further enhancements that are not included in the project scope.

Scope creep is an increase in project scope that is done without consideration for the impact on cost, schedule , or resources. For example, a construction company is building a new home for a customer. During construction, the customer asks that the insulation be upgraded from standard fiberglass to spray foam. The project manager agrees to the upgrade, but fails to analyze the impact of the change on cost, time, and resources. In this case, the scope increased, but no adjustments were made for cost, schedule, or resources.
Donald Terry, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP

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