Resisting changes to the project baseline

Introduction

Project baseline is a significant measuring tool in analyzing the performance of a project. When a project baseline is subjected to a change process, the project managers have to decide on whether to resist or embrace the change. However, it is significant for the project managers to resist project baseline change due to a variety of reasons. The change to project baseline can cause confusion, chaos and alter the flow of a project as materials changes.  (Heagney, 2016). It is important for the project manager to resist the projected changes to the project baseline because of the overall influence on the project. The paper will answer the question of why it is important for the project managers to resist project baseline changes.

It is important for the for the project managers to resist changes to the project baseline since the baseline was designed to develop the schedule, cost, and scope of a project. It is significant for the baseline to be advanced for the whole project to remain on track. In addition, a slight change to the baseline can influence the entire project (Fleming & Koppelman, 2016). The changed baseline can also lead to a perception that there was no established plan set when the original baseline was formed and implemented. Accuracy and quality are an important aspect in the management of a project. Project managers should always make sure that all the information and activities from the plan are accurate to achieve the anticipated quality (Fleming & Koppelman, 2016). Therefore, changing the baseline of a project would pass a message that the project was not well-managed.This can make the situation appear sloppy and unprepared to some people.

 It is important to note that the changes to the baseline would need changes to the whole project such as schedules of tasks, costs of tasks and time taken together with the entire planning process. It is also important for the project manager to resist changes to the baseline because of the possible increase to the overall cost and delays. All the projects require funding to ensure that all the deliverables and milestones run properly (Kerzner & Kerzner, 2017). For instance, a project will require labor hence wages to pay the workers and staff involved. In regards to this, a change such as an additional task will impact the previous cost on wages since workers will demand more pay. In addition to the rise in the overall cost, changes to the baseline can also lead to delays. The changes to the baseline can make a project run for more days or hours compared to the anticipated time.

Conclusion

Project baseline is essential for running the project and should not be changed without a major reason. The effectiveness and integrity of a project baseline, as a technique for evaluating progress and tracing back to a fault, could be eroded by changes to the baseline. The role of a change is to create something new that was not there previously. Thus, since the project tasks and information are always linked together, introducing a change can result in confusion and errors. The project will then lack consistency, effectiveness, and integrity unless the whole project is changed from the beginning. Therefore, project managers can resist change to the project baseline because a change will affect the integrity of the project. 

References

Heagney, J. (2016). Fundamentals of project management. Amacom.

Fleming, Q. W., & Koppelman, J. M. (2016, December). Earned value project management. Project Management Institute.

Kerzner, H., & Kerzner, H. R. (2017). Project management: a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling. John Wiley & Sons.