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What it is: Develop Change Management Strategy


A change management strategy defines at a high level the factors to be used to control changes that occur after the project baseline has been established in the Plan Stage. The project baseline includes a detailed description of scope, budget, schedule, and plans for managing quality, risk, issues, and change.

The change management strategy produces a statement in the project charter that includes:

  • Anticipated change management challenges
  • Key project constraints
  • Key customer practices for managing change
  • A concise statement of change management practices


Changes can occur at any point in the project life cycle. Unmanaged change can cause a project to fail to meet its objectives. The key to success is to permit changes to the project during the execute and control stage only through a deliberate and controlled process in clear view of the project team, the sponsor, and the stakeholders. Specifics of the process to be followed are defined in the Change Management Plan during the Plan Stage.

By anticipating project-specific change management challenges early in the project and recording them in the Project Charter, we set the stage for effective change management planning and execution.

Who is involved

Project Manager
Project Sponsor
Project Stakeholders

Change Management Strategy statement in the Project Charter




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Updated February 1, 2007 - v2.0