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What is the difference between Scope Creep and Gold Plating?

edited January 2014 in Project Management

Hello everyone,

There's a subtle difference between Scope Creep and Gold Plating, but many people seem to miss it.

The PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition defines Scope Creep as:

The uncontrolled expansion to product or project scope without adjustments to time, cost, and resources.

Before I share my thoughts on the difference, I invite the community members to share their views on this topic. Over to you guys ...

Good luck.


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