Change Management and Project Management
Most organizations evolve over time, but change can cause issues if not managed correctly. When launching challenging initiatives in order to meet key, business-critical objectives or responding to an emergency with new policies or procedural shifts, bringing in a SkillSource project manager (PM) or change manager (CM) can make the changes less daunting. By using industry-leading methods and our diverse consulting background, SkillSource Learning will help your strategic plans come to fruition.
How Can Change Management and Project Management Work Together?
Change management (CM) is implementing processes and tools to ensure affected employees adapt to and embrace change. Project management (PM) focuses on using knowledge, skills, tools, and other resources to achieve the project goal while ensuring solutions are well-designed and correctly implemented. Both disciplines should work together in concert to ensure employees are taken care of while the organization continues to meet project objectives. CM keeps employees engaged and supported so they can focus on their work and contribute towards PM progression.
Why Do Businesses Need Effective Change Management and Project Management Methodologies?
Without a plan of action, CM and PM efforts can quickly devolve into confusion and uncertainty but using a management model or methodology can safeguard a business against disorganization. Businesses should take advantage of the wide selection of CM and PM methodologies and models. The structure models provide acts as guidance and establishes a clear path forward helping everyone involved stay on the same page.
Effective Change Management Methodologies for Businesses to Use
There is a multitude of CM models and methodologies for businesses to choose from. Consider different models until you find one that suits your organization’s unique situation; SkillSource consultants can also recommend CM methodologies that complement your goals. Prosci’s 3-Phase Process for organizational change management focuses on preparedness and continual coaching throughout the change to ensure employees navigate the transition smoothly. 3-step CM models are common, and most can be broken down into Analysis, Creation, and Implementation phases.
The first stage of CM is information gathering, planning, and analysis. This is when you define a strategy and identify potential risks or obstacles. Once you have a clear picture of the situation and your end goals, you can start creating a plan.
Formulating a comprehensive CM plan of action requires thorough consideration and evaluation. Timelines and communication plans should be reasonable; aiming for quick project completion is good, but do not be over-ambitious with your timetable as rushing change often leads to unnecessary and avoidable problems down the road.
Implementing change will reveal how comprehensive your plan was. As changes roll out, monitor budgets, staff, communication, and deadlines to ensure things are proceeding correctly. Identify gaps in the plan and troubleshoot solutions before new issues develop. Throughout the implementation stage, communication is paramount; reassure and support employees as they adapt to the changes.
How can we help?
Change and project management are essential practices that help organizations enact change as smoothly as possible. While CM ensures employees adjust and adapt to change, PM ensures resources are correctly used to achieve project requirements. Using professional PM or and CM consultants from SkillSource Learning can protect your organization from the potential pitfalls of change.
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Activities That Our CM and PM Consultants Typically Perform
- Aligning projects to business goals.
- Defining strategy.
- Identifying risks and potential obstacles for key stakeholders.
- Building comprehensive Change Management or Project Management plans.
- Creating timelines.
- Creating Communications plans.
- Managing teams, budgets, communications and/or deadlines.
- Identifying gaps and solutions to address areas of resistance.
- Communicating clear objectives and the “how” of meeting each objective/deliverable.