In this new series on Managing Project Change, a veteran project leader discusses how to deal with change so that it doesn’t derail your project. Change can be good, bad or something in between. Here, she outlines the four primary choices for responding to it.
Managing change is one of the major jobs for the project manager and team during the work phase of the project. When change occurs, the first step is to look for the root cause of that change. Is it the project definition? The plan? The WBS? External factors? If you don’t look for the root cause of the change, you will miss opportunities to improve your project management skills.
Change means that something is not going according to the plan, but we all know that plans are rarely perfect. Assessing what is causing the change will help you not only address this issue, but may also help you foresee additional issues that might stem from the same root cause. During the course of the project, the scope, schedule, budget, quality, or requirements can change. The impact these changes have on other tasks and on the project as a whole can range from negligible to extensive.
“Manage change or it will manage you” is very true in project management. In this series, we’ll discuss how to deal with change so it doesn’t derail your project.