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Some Thoughts and Tips on Project Change Management
By Xiaoming Wang

Here are some thoughts and tips on Project Change Management, note that the below is mainly targeted towards IT projects.

  • Sometimes, business stakeholders and development team could not easily have the same understanding of the cost of a change. In this case, splitting the change into several tasks could make it easier to understand.
  • Use all possible means such as meetings, daily catch up, project Wiki to communicate with the team about the changes that would be made and notify every sponsor and stakeholder.
  • IT needs to provide enough information for business to understand the cost and impact of a change and co-work to make a correct decision.
  • Make a change plan more goal-driven and not too detailed so that the team can be more creative during the implementation.
  • Risk and impact assessment is necessary however it does not need to be very formal or be written as documents.
  • The closure of a change should be demonstrated in the real application.

Mr Xiaoming Wang, MSc (Information Processing), is a consultant, project manager, trainer, coach and business analyst in ThoughtWorks. Xiaoming has valuable experience of enterprise information system development widely across banking, finance, retail, manufacture, hydrocarbon, HSE management, telecommunication, CRM,.CMS, BPMS and grid computing. His expertise includes Agile project management, Lean methodology consulting, organization transformation from CMM to Lean/Agile, program management and business analysis. Xiaoming has worked in diverse industries for four years then settled down in IT industry as an IT manager. He then moved to IT consulting field and now focuses on IT project management. He was also a contributor to open source, such as CruiseControl.

Xiaoming’s Weblog OSSME.COM has rich information of IT project management, agile practice and lean methodology.

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