Essay on The Reality Behind Project Changes

797 Words Sep 25th, 2016 4 Pages
The Reality Behind Project Changes
Projects come in all shapes and sizes and almost every project regardless of the amount of planning and attention to detail will inevitably undergo a change in scope during some point of the project lifecycle. According to Meredith, Mantel, and Shafer, there are three basic causes that force changes to a project and these causes include planners erring in the initial assessment phase of the project by underestimating what is necessary to achieve the project goals. Secondly, clients or end users learn more about the project deliverables and decide that changes are required to achieve the intended outcome. The third cause of changes to projects is the mandate and this revolves around changes to the environment such as new laws or policies that have gone into effect that require the project to be changed in order for the project to meet these new laws or policies (2014).
When planners’ error in the initial assessment of a project by leaving out critical information or underestimating necessary components to complete a project it creates issues downstream. In some instances, planning does not realize that errors were made in the project scope until some of the required goals hit roadblocks and are unable to be completed forcing the project manager to circle back to planning for a solution. Every time a project has to circle back to planning for critical information or a new solution the project risks increases to its budget and timeline.…

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