Scope creep

 

“Scope creep (also called requirement creep, function creep, or the kitchen sink syndrome) refers to changes, continuous or uncontrolled growth in a project’s scope, any time after a project begins.  This can occur when the scope of a project is not properly defined, documented or controlled”. (Wikipedia)

scope creep can occur as a result of weak project management or poor change control.

see also feature creep, creeping featurism, and software bloat.

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Cycle365 is in its infancy, and came on stage with minimal functionality.  This was partly because it was envisioned as a collaboration and the management team (Rocky and Scooter, for the moment) wanted to get feedback; partly because we wanted to test the waters to see if there was even any interest in the site; and partly because of time constraints – we’re also in the middle of redefining our own lives, and are furiously at work emptying out our condo in preparation for putting it on the market.

All of which is just a lead-in to letting you know that we have some changes in mind and will get to them as we can fit it into our schedule.  We don’t have any priority in mind, but will probably take on the easiest ones first.   Here’s what we have in mind though, assuming we can figure out how to do them and assuming there is enough interest in the site for it to make sense to work on it:

  1. We’re going to add a category and menu heading for photography.  Some of us like our cameras, and an important reason for having a bike in our lives is to help us move our cameras around the world.  Sometimes our contributions are really more about the camera than the bike, actually.
  2. Some of us are feedback junkies.  To support those of us among us, we’re going to add hit counts to posts, and the ability to rate them in some way (probably just by indicating ones we especially like, so no one gets their feelings hurt):
  3. We will probably explore different options for running a forum.  It’s serviceable enough to just make comments on posts, but there are probably more elegant solutions out there.
  4. If we can figure out how to do it, we’d like to add the ability to comment on or rate photographs as well.
  5. We’re going to bring someone else into the management team, so we’ve got better coverage.  After we sell our home we expect to mostly be on the road on our bikes for the next several years, so it seems prudent to have someone else involved in running the site in case we’re unavailable.

Thanks for reading, thanks for participating!

Rocky and Scooter

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a placeholder for now. I’ll add a real description when I get more time.

3 response to "Scope creep"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: February 2, 2018

    Hi Scott,
    Scope creep sounds good to me. Of course I love that you have added photography. Thank you.
    I think I might be in a phase of scope shrink – I hope I get out of it soon. I do have some fine bicycle pictures for a gallery here. I just have to get them organized. Hopefully soon.
    Suzanne

  2. By: Western Flyer Posted: February 16, 2018

    Are we getting any closer to securing this site?

    • By: Scooter Posted: February 16, 2018

      I think so, WF. I hadn’t envisioned dong anything beyond what’s already in place, unless someone else has ideas on what we could be doing or sees evidence of an issue. We have a spam filter in place, and new registrants are set in a candidate status requiring manual approval before they can have Author privileges. We’ve had two new users register since then that looked scurrilous, and so I just deleted their accounts at the admissions desk. Also, any new author’s first comment is quarantined for manual review. Do you think more is needed? If so, what do you suggest?

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