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How To Maximize Change Management Success

How To Maximize Change Management Success
By Daniel Lock

Managing a change initiative through to a successful conclusion is fraught with pitfalls. Here are three key change management techniques that help make the road to your desired conclusion far easier to navigate.

Leverage the power of rational self interest

At a key level, corporate business and change management are not too far removed from the relationship between parent and child. When a parent wants their child to do something that the child really doesn’t want to do, the most effective method of successfully making the child come into line is to appeal to their self-interest. We all take this basic approach to self-interest throughout our life. Understanding this element of change management leads to three key methods to strategize using rational self-interest to successful adoption of change initiatives.

  • Bring experts on board early

    A poorly designed change initiative is a major reason for failure.

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Want Project Success? Kill the Ambiguity!

Want Project Success? Kill the Ambiguity!
By Daniel Lock

Historically, managers have underestimated or entirely ignored organizational and change management issues in project management. In fact, most project failures could be traced to “ambiguity.”

More recently, the people factor – at least on the project side – has been addressed with “agile” project management methodologies. Indeed, a recent survey by VersionOne found 84% of organizations use some form of (or toolset from) the agile playbook.

Although agile methods have helped reduce the number of project failures, some go so badly that they can threaten a company’s existence. 17% to be exact, according to a 2012 McKinsey study. The study also found that large IT projects, on average, run 45% over budget and 7% over time, while delivering 56% less value than predicted. While not flattering, it is getting better. Why? Change management has played a big role by focusing on achieving the desired outcome and supporting people through their transitions. Read the Complete Article

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