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Managing project scope and change

Understand why scope management and change control is important, as well as the processes, to help minimise variations and ensure a project is successfully delivered within the required quality standards, time and budget.

The importance of scope management and change control

A major contributor to successful project delivery is the definition and management of project scope. In most cases, during construction, changes to requirements or design leads to variations of contracted scope, which typically lead to increased project costs. In turn, this may necessitate value-engineered reductions in scope, sourcing additional funds and changes to the project program.

Moreover, the preparation, review and control of change requests relating to the works may involve significant time and effort for the specialised consultants, the contractor, and the in-house project team. It may also lead to variations from the specialised consultants due to additional work or rework.

It is important that any request to change the scope of the works is managed through an appropriate change control procedure. Appropriate mechanisms must be in place to ensure that the change is effectively managed in a controlled manner and does not result in scope creep (i.e. additional scope added to existing scope).