Change Tracking Log & Management

Great change management starts with a good tracking system.

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This graphic simply shows an example of a log and status codes and is not intended to be prescriptive. 

Change Management: Change Log, Software and Management.

The far more important part of change management is the rigorous review process at least 2X monthly with your PMs that will limit your risk, increase your opportunities, and build your team through training.

Don’t underestimate how much value a great manager can add to the company through this review process.  

  • Be systematic in your review. Don’t skip or assume anything.
  • Could this change have been identified sooner? How? 
  • If it was a T&M, could it have been negotiated as Lump Sum? 
  • Verify good document control for changes, initiating documents, and correspondence.
  • Verify deep understanding of the project, scope, contract, and current status.
  • Verify relationships at all levels with the customer are great.
  • Watch aging days for processing. How could we improve?
  • Watch margins and verify budgets, looking for improvements.
  • Watch costs at risk for unexecuted changes. 

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Change orders are a fact of life in construction. Improve profitability, cash flow and customer satisfaction by effectively managing changes. Build a foundation for success with 12 steps to improve pricing and 11 negotiating strategies for the whole project team....

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A Broader Definition of a Change on a Construction Project
The first step for contractors improving their management of changes on a project is simply earlier identification. This requires a better definition of what a change really is.
Two Planning Dimensions
Some of the impacts you see on a project are not as clear as a design change, conflict, or obviously changed condition. Some impacts, such as poor project sequencing or congested work areas are hard to notice if you don’t have good tracking systems.
Early Identification as a Trainable Skill
The ability to identify potential changes early is a skill that can be tested, trained, and managed just like a craft skill.