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What it is: Develop Change Management Plan


A change management plan defines activities and roles to manage and control change during the execute and control stage of the project. Change is measured against the project baseline, which is a detailed description of the project’s scope, budget, schedule, and plans to manage quality, risk, issues, and change. During the execute and control stage, changes may require one or more revised project baselines to be issued.


Change can occur throughout the project life cycle. A Change Management Plan helps control the effect of changes during the execute and control stage, thereby avoiding overruns in cost and schedule, incoherent scope, poor quality, etc. The Change Management Plan is critical to the success of the project. There should be no change without evaluation and approval.

Who is involved

Project Team
Project Manager
Project Sponsor
Project Stakeholders

Change Management Plan component of the Project Plan


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Updated February 1, 2007 - v2.0