The Change Committee: Structure and Procedures

Change is inevitable. It is unrealistic to expect to execute a project exactly as planned—although sometimes it does happen. Allowing change to haphazardly creep into a project at the task level is fatal. When planning is completed, it is devastating to be expected to fudge tasks and add elements to accommodate new objectives without also changing the project Gantt chart. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary at the kickoff meeting to appoint a change committee to implement change procedures covering all possibile changes. The project manager should chair this change committee. He or she should keep the records, receive the change requests, and promptly convene the committee to deal with these requests. ...

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