Change Control System

You'll be hearing an awful lot about change control throughout the remainder of this book. It's essential for a project to have an established change control system, or the project will be riddled with change requests. The change control system (CCS) communicates the process for controlling changes to the project deliverables. This system works with the configuration management system and seeks to control and document proposals to the project's product. Figure 4-3 demonstrates an example of a change control system.

NOTE I won't bash Microsoft Project—it's an excellent, excellent tool. However, some managers believe that if you have Microsoft Project installed on your PC, you should be able to manage a project without any flaws, questions, or issues. Ha! That's like saying that just because you have Microsoft Word installed you should be able to write a novel. Project management is more than a piece of software.

Figure 4-3

All change requests must be documented and pass through a change control system.

Integrated Change Control

Proposed Change

Change Control System

Change Control Board

Value of Change?

Benefit: Cost

Risk

Political Capital

Update Project Plan

Update Project Baselines

Inform Stakeholder

Archive Decision

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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