(1). The slow, silent expansion of responsibilities by an operations department or, worse, an outsourced service provider. Scope Creep is usually only discovered after you receive an outsized bill or you realize that your job has somehow been centralized in a foreign country.
“Aren’t we a little concerned about scope creep here, Mike? Remember what happened when we centralized our client service reps a few years ago – all of sudden we had 200 guys in Bangalore calling themselves ‘Steve from Dallas’!”
(1). To go back and add more detail to some half-assed idea you mentioned during last Monday’s staff meeting (not to be confused with “flush out”, which probably means something else entirely).
“Hey Dan, thanks for your input here. I’d like you to flesh out your proposal a bit more, though. Do you think you can have a functional spec ready for us by next Tuesday? I know you’re getting married the next day, but this could really help us shave some pennies from our P&L.”