Change Management

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The process of architectural change control is an important one in the life of any architect. Change control is essential to ensure the long term viability and success of any architectural project. Without a properly aligned change control system, it is possible that significant architectural decisions can be made in the short term but these decisions may no longer be sustainable in the long term. Architects must ensure that all change requests are managed in an effective and efficient manner. This involves having an architecture change control strategy in place which coordinates architectural change requests with necessary staff and vendors.

Change management needs to address many critical issues including the identification of the challenges and the need for a solution, identifying the impact of any potential risks to the project and providing a business value to the stakeholders. Often architectural change management must deal with architectural challenges including the code analysis that cannot be addressed in the usual scope or time frame. These include changes in scope, unforeseen risks, unexpected changes in priorities, and issues with vendors.

Meet the unique needs

Change Management processes need to be designed in a way that will meet the unique needs of each architectural change management process. Change Management also needs to cover issues such as implementation, scheduling, budget management and regulatory change management. It also has an important role to assist in decision making about scope and project management. The first part of the change management process identifies the issues to be addressed, identifies the scope or project description that will address those issues, establishes a baseline budget and submits the change requests to the appropriate staff in accordance with the agreed budget.

Change management begins by choosing the contractor, collecting and interpreting data, using modeling and testing to design the required solution and then creating a baseline budget. Once the budget and schedule are approved, they are implemented. The next phase is known as designing the actual implementation. Change Control experts work with the designers, engineers, trades people, managers, architects and other stakeholders to create the implementation plan, work schedules, testing procedures and ensure that all requirements are met. Designing typically involves working with the stakeholders on change management tools, database and reporting specifications.

Change Control methodologies include the following: Determine the effect any proposed change will have on healthcare business and identify the effects in detail. Determine the impact on the workplace strategy of the architectural process. Analyze and review all architectural processes and components. Map the effect of each change to business drivers. Estimate and monitor the costs of implementing each change.

Change management and call programming is based on the following objectives: Prevent interruptions to the production of running business, control costs, increase reliability and maintain continuity. The process is divided into four phases: Site Planning, development, implementation and control. The planning phase deals with the content strategy, which includes defining and communicating the scope of work, obtaining the necessary resources, collecting and organizing data and developing an information systems corporate architecture. The development phase involves determining the requirements, acquiring the tools and making sure they are compatible with the architecture. Implementation deals with the actual implementation of the changes and the last phase is the control phase.

Change management software can help the servicing architect understand the full scope of his projects. It provides the ability to create test cases and configure, deploy, manage and run the application. It enables the developer to define, develop and maintain the solution in a systematic manner and reduces risk. For example, it can help the learner to decide whether to use a standard Java application or a more customized one for a given situation. The solution also helps the learner to eliminate unnecessary interfaces and component instances that complicate the solution.

Traditional negotiation and hard sales techniques

Change management process can be done using traditional negotiation and hard sales techniques. However, many practitioners of change management believe that technology has made it very easy to communicate architectural changes effectively. To be effective, change management should include good communication between stakeholders, managers and developers. The software should support multiple types of architectures including modular, legacy, and web services. A successful architect should be able to articulate his requirements effectively to the change manager without any problems.