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. 

Change Orders
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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Change Orders
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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Managing changes effectively means that you need clear visibility across all projects. While the workflow will vary by project, the key milestones in your internal process will remain fixed.
Changes and Cash Flow Improvement
Construction is a cash-intensive business and change orders are often one of the root causes of poor cash flow. A 30-day improvement to change management workflow can generate over $400K in additional cash flow for a $50M contractor.
Changes - Impacts Beyond the Direct Costs
Contractors don't typically see the full negative impact of changes and, therefore, don’t put the right level of resources into their management.