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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2014, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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The phrase 'Mission Creep' is the expansion of a project or mission beyond its original goals. For some reason my projects seem to always seem to escalate beyond my original concept. Anyone else have this problem?

Just as an example, I began my current automaton project at the end of January with some simple sketches and proceeded to carve what I thought was the major piece. When I showed it my wife she said, "That's cute, but It should do something." And I thought, "Sure, why not. That's a good idea." (The first step down a long and tortured path ...)

What was intended to be a simple little project where the turn of crank created two easy movements, has escalated into one that has eight distinct operations enclosed in a small structure which in itself keeps demanding more and more detailed decoration (like the little shotgun barrels I posted recently). All these additions have made the mechanics more complicated and even though it's now almost April, the end is not yet in sight.

I'm having fun but still wonder if I am I alone in this concept of snowballing projects? If so, can anyone recommend some kind of a 10-step program that will help. ("Hello, my name is Oliver and my projects creep ...")

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I have no problem with 'creep', Oliver.

That is what keeps me interested in wood work......

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I thought it was 12 step plans. Maybe that is the problem, you missed step one and two.
Step #1- Make a plan
Step #2- Stick to the plan
Step #3- Go back and read Step #2
Step #4- If you're at Step #4 you didn't go back and read Step #2 again did you?
Steps 5 to 12- go back and read Steps 2-4 again.

Problem solved!

We all know that the more time you spend on a project Oliver the more entertaining it will be in the end.

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Kind of sounds like a social disease, he's got the creep, whatever it is I don't think I want it.
My creep always seem to be to my wallet, I can build that for 20.00 end costing 100.00
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I use to never have a problem with it, take my wife with me to load up on materials & tools, she would add everything up & say no way we can afford this, just stick to the original plan. Now after years of seeing what I can do, she is finding project & modifying & buying what ever it takes to get it done.

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Nearly every thing tends to creep except the thickness of my wallet! It starts at the government and we get the trickle down effect. Most projects,either at home or contracted ones tend to creep. I went back to work last week to help my working partner for two weeks and now it looks like it will be until fall-that's creep for ya! Even the girls at my 50 year reunion had some size creep! Oh -no-just looked at my belly----dang,more creep!

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Originally Posted by Gaffboat View Post
"That's cute, but It should do something."
The answer is ear plugs.

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In my case, it all started with a leaky faucet!
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Project creep is the norm, not the other way around. Or so it seems to me at least.
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