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What are the benefits of a change control board?

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What benefits does having a dedicated change control board bring to the project? Is it necessary to have this board? Isn't it too much overhead? Can't the project sponsor just approve/reject change requests on his own without going through this bureaucracy?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous
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I always recommend scaling what some consider overhead to fit the project size.  A small 1-3 month project without high risk does not need a change control board and a single person, often the project manager, can decide how to manage change (and be that board).  Larger, high risk projects (e.g. space shuttle, passenger aircraft) may need a formal change control board both to manage change and the risk of a single, incorrect decision.
answered 10 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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