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Change Management

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shiyi gu
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What are the importance of change management from the time that the project was in its different stages.”

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Zoltan Palffy
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changes bascially adds two things to your schedule

1. Manhours 

2. Dollars

 

1. As far as manhours are concerned you have to create new activiites for the added scope in the change notice and this add new activities with usually will increase your manpower. Also the new activities may or may not impact the critical path depending on the scope duration and tieing in the change order activities inot existing activities.

This will also change your manpower curve.

So if you do ont hadd additional manpower you have to use existing manpower whihc can take away manpower from critical path activities and you begin to fall behind schedule. Then it becomes the contractors fault vs delays due to the added change order work.

It is import to track EACH change order in teh schedule becasue its is teh cumulative effect of ALL the change orders that can effect the schedule time line. 

2. As far as dollars thsi will increase your contract amount and affect your cash flow distrubition curve. This could cause you to be cash negative on you project depending on the time it takes to approve th change orderand get payment for the change order. 

Vivien Goldstrong
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Hi there,

I wanted to share a short article i wrote a while back on the subject of dealing with Change Management. You can find it on my small blog, the Project Schedule Professional - https://projectschedulepro.com/deal-with-change-management/ 

Cheers,

Ben Cryer
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"In the beginning of a project there is likely to be more float availabe or available opportunity to recover from a change. As the project gets closer and closer to completion the opportuniy to recover any time due to a change becomes less and less."

This is an apt obsservation. It becomes that much more difficult and impractical to implement changes as the project advances. Anticipating changes in advance, or at least when the project is in an infantile stage, is the answer. This comes with perceptiveness, knowledge and experience of handling projects.

I happened to come across an online course on Project Management. It is quite elementary and certainly not for managers with experience. See if this could be of use to any member in this forum: https://www.simpliv.com/projectmanagement/practical-project-management-f....

shiyi gu
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Thanks,but I still confused about risk and change. What’s the difference between change and risk? Do they have coincident part?chang has change mangement plan. risk has risk assessment. What’s the difference? When is change management plan made?
Zoltan Palffy
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changes will happen on EVERY project. They are important at ALL strages of the proejct. A change can effect the projects completion date any time that it is introduced into the schedule.

In the beginning of a project there is likely to be more float availabe or available opportunity to recover from a change. As the project gets closer and closer to completion the opportuniy to recover any time due to a change becomes less and less. 

Anoon Iimos
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"Change" is a decision. If you are not confident of the potential outcome of your plan, then changes may occur. Perhaps more "changes" means poor planning in the first place. Change may happen at anytime (even at conception stage), again, depending on decisions being made. In other words, all project management principles boil down to planning and decisiveness.