Improvement towards Success
In any business, there is a need for you to look forward and envision where you want to be a year, a decade, or a century from now. And the secret to how you’re going to get there? CHANGE.
Change projects and programmes are the ultimate solution to reach that point that you have always dreamed of. It may be a change in a process or a system to make them more efficient and give even better results. It could mean having to change the organisational structure or the roles that come with certain jobs. Regardless of what these changes entail, all these are done to pave the way towards the future that you envision, the future that has exceeded all the current targets and goals that you have set for the business.
Project Governance and Methodology
Project governance and methodology plays a big role in the success of each change project. It does not only ensure that the reasons behind each project is valid, it also ensures that the execution is performed according to the guidelines and standards that have been set for it. It is the framework that ensures that the entire project is aligned with the values of the organisation, and sets the proper boundaries that would allow it to apply the changes sought after with very minimal to no risks.
With every change project that is implemented, you could expect that there will be people who will show an enthusiastic interest in the process. There will also be people who will be directly affected by the changes, whether they are interested in what’s going on or not. This is what Stakeholder Management is for. It manages the expectations of everyone who will be affected by the changes, as well as the others who have shown an interest in the project. Why is this necessary? It does not only make the transition between old and new processes and systems easier, it also ensures a higher chance of success as everyone is briefed about what is involved. Engaging stakeholders would mean having an increased perception of success within the organisation as well, especially if you consider the fact that change is an accepted norm, but is not exactly welcomed with open arms all the time.
Managing Risks, Issues and Dependencies
What comes with change? Although change programmes are implemented to create a better future for the organisation, it will not come easily and without any bumps along the road. Because of this, change management also comes with a system on how to efficiently manage possible risks, issues, and dependencies that may come along the way. These may be eliminated completely as tweaks with the process are done, or they may be minimised to levels that are more controllable. Regardless of the case, managing them would ensure that the desired outcome will still be met with little to no delay, and with as little negative repercussions as possible.
Change truly is a good thing. Managing change however, is even better.