Excerpt from Chapter 4 – “MAKING DECISIONS AND CONTROLLING CHANGE”

Published January 14, 2017

Project Management for Experienced Project Managers | Victor Allen and Ron May

Excerpt from Chapter 4 – “MAKING DECISIONS AND CONTROLLING CHANGE”:

The change control process described here includes what one
might consider traditional change control over scope, schedule
and cost. The idea here is to formally manage and control planned
and unplanned events which impact the project scope, schedule
and cost. All too often project managers reduce their likelihood
of success by informally accepting additional scope without performing
the due diligence necessary to appropriately assess the
impact this has on cost and schedule.

The decision making process is something new that was designed
to manage the process of making decisions. This idea of formally
managing how and when decisions are made on a project is something
unique that you will not find in most textbooks and is not
commonly used in practice. In this chapter we bring together the
change control and decision making process and discuss them as
one due to their similarities, essential interaction and interdepen-
dence. These processes are of critical importance to anyone pursuing
successful project management. In my experience, they have
proven the value they add to the project far exceeds the cost of
implementing and managing them.