Join Doug Rose for an in-depth discussion in this video Keeping the change from living forever, part of Project Management Foundations: Change.
It happens much like any other scary movie.…The change is alive and then added…to the project.…The stakeholder makes the request…and the developers finish the feature.…Then the change is buried…in the project's documentation.…Then the change comes back to life…with a vengeance.…But this change is not the change you've buried.…It looks like your change, but parts…of your change are different.…You have a zombie change.…A zombie change happens after the change…has been completed and added…to the project's documentation.…Then a stakeholder wants to expand the change.…
So they just say that their additions…were part of the original completed change.…They'll say something like, "Oh you misunderstood."…"I said change all the icon colors,…"not just one."…Then the change reemerges from your documentation…to live again.…So, why would anyone want a zombie change?…The main reason is that it's easier.…A change request goes through a review process.…A change that's already approved doesn't…have to go through any process.…It's already headed to the project…
Along the way, learn how to effectively manage your project for change requests and deal with common obstacles. Also see how to find the balance between too much and too little change—either can be threat to your project.
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- List three examples of a project change.
- Identify aspects of a project that can and cannot be changed.
- Name four areas in which integrated change controls balance.
- Recognize signs indicating that a change is necessary.
- Determine which projects will benefit from the use of a Gantt chart.
- Explain the importance of using a formal process to close a change request.