Change control is a critical aspect of the product development lifecycle, particularly in the later stages. It refers to a systematic approach to managing all changes made to a product or system.In the initial stages of product development, ideas are generated and concepts are created. These ideas are then turned into a design, which is developed and tested.
During these stages, changes can be made relatively easily as the product or system is still in its early stages.However, as the product development progresses and the product or system becomes more complex, changes can have a much larger impact.
They can affect different parts of the product or system, and can potentially cause issues or delays in the development process.This is where change control comes in. It ensures that all changes are carefully considered, documented, and approved before they are implemented.
This helps to prevent unnecessary changes, reduce the risk of errors or issues, and ensure that the product development stays on track.Change control involves identifying potential changes, evaluating their impact, deciding whether to proceed with the change, implementing the change if it is approved, and reviewing the change after it has been made. It is usually managed by a change control board or committee, which includes representatives from different areas of the organization.