What is Change Control in Project Management?

Adriana Girdler

All the basics of project change control In today’s day and age, when it comes to projects, they’re becoming more complex. And with more complex …

All the basics of project change control

In today’s day and age, when it comes to projects, they’re becoming more complex. And with more complex projects comes more change associated with those projects. You need to know how to organize and manage change control in your projects if you want to run successful projects.

What is Change Control?

Change control means that every change you make to your approved baseline project plan ought to go through some sort of change control management.

Anything that you’re going to change from a perspective of scope, time, or budget that will shift from your original project parameters needs to go through change control.

Project Change Control Key Elements

There are a few key elements when it comes to project change control.

The first one is change identification. This is about having an understanding of what change is being asked.

Once you understand what’s being asked, you then have to analyze it to understand the impact.

When the analysis has happened, next you have to respond to the change. Are you accepting it? Rejecting it?

Finally, you need to communicate about the change. You’ll need to communicate exactly what you’ve decided to do, what the impact is, and what next steps need to occur.

More on Change Control Tools & Techniques

There’s a lot more to break down when it comes to project change control – you need to know the tools and techniques that are going to help you bring your project to success, despite the changes being made.

Head over to my YouTube channel and watch my most recent video where we dive into all things change control. See you there!

I go way more in-depth on this topic in my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project… including a deep dive on change control. You’ll get every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.

Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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