Engineering Change Management (ECM) is a strategy that is mainly used in automotive engineering. However, the term change management is also used in network management and project
management. In the context of automotive technology, change management is used in development and especially in the start-up phase of series production and is intended to integrate changes that occur promptly into the production process, thereby contributing to time and cost reductions. Technical changes may become necessary as a result of production optimizations, changed market and competitive situations, or more comprehensive quality and safety requirements. They are introduced into the change process by all companies and departments involved
in the project
. Engineering Change Management (ECM) is defined in a VDA recommendation, VDA 4965, and is based on international standards. It describes a reference process into which the changes flow through interactions.