One of the roles I play as a project manager is the introducing technology changes into the organization. I will refer to the person leading the change as the Change Agent. The amount of change varies from project to project. One project could implement a large change to a user’s role while another project has just a minor change to the user’s application system. When I plan a project I always need to factor in the amount of change that is being introduced into the organization.
Today’s blog entry will focus on what is a “Planned Change” and the steps to implement change. I will be writing a series of blog entries on this topic as it will take several entries to go through all the steps.
Planned Change – Planning & Preparation
In order to implement “Planned Change” into an organization requires some planning and preparation. The Change Agent will need to understand the natural human reaction to change is resistance. Each person that is impacted by a change will also transition through four steps before they accept the change into their life.
In order to “Plan for Change” you need to understand the following two elements:
- Resistance – What is Resistance and What is its Value
- Change And Transition
Once you understand those two elements then you need to follow a series of steps to implement change into an organization.
Planned Change – 5 Steps to Implement Change
The following five steps are needed to be followed to implement Planned Change to an Organization:
- Identify the Change
- Engage Stakeholders
- Develop The Project Team
- Implement The Change
- Monitor and Sustain The Change
I have always found implementing change a very challenging task. However, when implemented successfully it can be rewarding to see change implemented. I will be writing detailed steps on each of the five steps in implementing Planned Change. I hope that these blog entries will help you prepare you to implement change in your organization.