How Change Occurs

As the project progresses, the stakeholders or customers might request a change directly. Team members might also recommend changes as the project progresses. For example, once the project is underway, they might discover more efficient ways of performing tasks or producing the product of the project and recommend changes to accommodate the new efficiencies. Changes might also come about as a result of mistakes that were made earlier in the project in the Planning or Executing processes. (However, I hope you've applied all the great practices and techniques I've talked about to date and you didn't experience many of these.)

Changes to the project might occur indirectly as a result of contingency plans, other changes, or team members performing favors for the stakeholders by making that one little change without telling anyone about it. Many times, the project manager is the last to know about changes such as these. There's a fine line here because you don't want to discourage good working relationships between team members and stakeholders, yet at the same time, you want to ensure that all changes come through the change control process. If a dozen little changes slip through like this, your project scope suddenly exits stage left.

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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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