A horse lived his entire childhood running free with the bears and the antelope doing whatever he wished, but one day his owner saddled him up to ride into town for groceries. The horse, thinking he knew a shortcut, told his owner that he would take them to town through the mountains in half the time. About halfway there, and making good time, a rock-slide had blocked the trail. With no way forward and darkness approaching, the horse and owner were forced to retrace their steps back home and wait until the next day to head into town.
Moral: System analysts should always be aware of scope creep. Getting side-tracked on features, functions and shortcuts that are not within the original project scope can severely delay or kill a project.
These stories are adapted examples written in my class, IS 6840 (formerly MSIS 488).
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