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What is the role of the change control board?

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What is the role, as well as the responsibilities of the change control board? Is its purpose to approve change requests?

Who does it consist of? Who assigns people (maybe stakeholders) to the change control board?

Is a different change control board created for every project? Or is it created at the organization level (which means there's one static CCB for all the projects).
asked 8 years ago by anonymous

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The main role of the change control board is to accept/reject change requests to the project.

Responsibilities include analyzing changes, assessing their costs/duration/impact on the project. The CCB also weighs the impact on the project in case the change is not processed (will the project survive? will the quality be compromised? etc...).

The main change control board (accepting substantial changes to the project) usually consists of the project sponsor and other project stakeholders. I'm saying "main" because there may be more than one CCB per project. Smaller CCBs (which may contain the project lead and/or developers in a software project) will handle changes that have less impact on the project. The main CCB is architected by the project sponsor (he assigns the members), but smaller CCBs can be fully architected by the project manager.

The change control board is usually created at the project level (unless the company is really small, then you have a static CCB at the company's level).

Here's an interesting article on the subject:

http://www.construx.com/File.ashx?cid=824
answered 8 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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