When I first started managing projects, change management was a very important role in large organizations. Lucky project managers had their own Business Managers for big projects.
This person was responsible for integrating the project’s change into the company’s operations. The main focus of change management was on communication and training.
This article will discuss what is new about change management, how it is defined, and why it’s worth your time and effort to do change management.
Next, I’ll share common tools and techniques to manage change so you have practical tips to ensure that the changes you are making are well-received.
This article:
The focus on Change Management: Preparation
Management of change: Definition
Why is change management important for project management?
Change management reduces resistance
There are differences between project management and change management
5 tools for change management Readiness assessments
2. Sponsorship of projects
3. Mentoring and coaching
4. Training
5. Communication

Other tools to manage change
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The focus on Change Management: Preparation
Today, change management is not just about training and comms. It’s also important for most initiatives.
Larger companies may have a change manager, but change management is often embedded in all that we do to shift the way a company operates.
Everyone has to be able to manage change, especially for those involved in projects.
While training is still important, there is also the notion of readiness. This refers to how well prepared an organization is to handle different situations.
If they are not prepared, change management can help them become better prepared.
Have you ever seen execs decide not to change their business simply because the staff wasn’t ready? They may have delayed or put in extra support, but if your strategy is to survive and move with the times, then those workers will be able to adapt to the changes.
Communication is vital in a changing environment. It is essential for both laying the foundation for change and making sure people are aware of what is happening.
Management of change: Definition
What is change management?
In my book, the definition of change management is:
We facilitate the transition from one practice to another in order to gain a benefit.
It’s a planned and systematic approach to helping individuals and teams succeed with new ways of working.
Everyone has to be able to manage change, especially for those involved in projects.
Elizabeth Harrin (@girlsguidetopm), May 8, 2020Why is Change Management important in Project Management?
Project management requires change management. Projects are about making changes. You want the company to benefit from the effort and time spent on this change.
If you spend $1m to design and implement a new computer system and no one uses it, it’s an awful investment. Three months later, the system is thrown out.
It’s a waste $1m and a waste your time putting it together. The people who worked on this project could have been better used to do something that would add real value for the company.
If the system is turned on and people are able to use it, then they will save an hour per day because the new system works better than the old one.
Change management is essential for project managers. It will make the final result more appreciated and increase your chances of adding value.