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In the complex project management landscape, change is an essential component of whatever learning and discovery process has been employed to find an acceptable solution. In the complex project space change is encouraged as an integral part of the learning and discovery process. This stands in stark contrast to the traditional project landscape where change is viewed as disruptive and a major contributor to non-value added work. Because of these differences the change request process for the traditional project landscape is not one that will work in the complex project landscape. Rather than discouraging change the complex project management process must not only encourage change but have a lean process for managing it. This article recommends a Bundled Change Management Process designed specifically for the complex project landscape. It is also a lean process that easily integrates into the PRINCE2 Stage Planning Process.
Both the ECPM Framework and PRINCE2 share a lot in common with respect to the Change Process. Once an ECPM Framework Cycle Plan is approved, it is executed without incorporating any change requests that may arise during the execution of that cycle. This is unique to the ECPM Framework but it has application in any methodology such as PRINCE2. Change requests will arise, that is the nature of complex project execution. Processing them up to the decision point can waste resources. Accepting the change requests as they arise and holding them in the Scope Bank for processing during the Client Checkpoint preserves the "lean" characteristics of the ECPM Framework and significantly improves the effectiveness and business value of the decisions taken.