Is the change you are proposing an incremental change that can and should be introduced as part of “Business As Usual” and that can be absorbed as part of the day-to-day running of your organisation?
Incremental change - a process of a series of small, often regular or planned changes.
If “yes” then here is a checklist of key factors in leading change to consider based on the ADKAR model [this was first published by independent research company Prosci].
This model is practical and can be applied to incremental and step change - in summary:
Awareness of the need for change.
Desire to make the change happen.
Knowledge about how to change.
Ability to implement new skills and behaviors.
Reinforcement to retain the change once it has been made.
The principles outlined in the ADKAR model are suited to incremental change. For organisations of any size, these are key factors to take into consideration in leading change, when handling incremental change.
Step change - a change that makes a significant difference in the size or value of something or the way in which something is done.
Is the size, scope and complexity, priority, timescale, strategic importance of the proposed change such that it is a step change and needs to be regarded and handled as a specific initiative and requires some form of change management process?
If “yes” this whole site is potentially of value to you.
Do you use project management?
Do you use programme management?
Do you know the difference?
Do you know why knowing the difference matters?
Try this simple test - review the different levels listed below - firstly in relation to project management and then secondly with programme management – and see which best describes your organisation:
These levels are based on the P3M3 maturity model sponsored by the Office of Govt and Commerce. Details below. If you find all this a bit daunting - it is!
I am attempting to focus your attention on the "knowing what I don't know" aspects of this and the realisation that it actually does have massive significance to your organisation when you embark on step change.
Where you and your organisation sit on the maturity model is one of the biggest key factors in leading change that will determine your chances of success [the others are (a) the quality of leadership, and (b) the cultures in your organisation].
A “rule of thumb” guide to what your knowledge base needs to be…
If your organisation has less than 100 employees it needs to have a level 3 understanding and practice of project management and a level 1 awareness of the key principles and concept of programme management.
If your organisation has 100-1000 employees it needs to have a level 5 understanding and practice of project management and a level 2-3 understanding and practice of programme management.
If your organisation has 1000 + employees it needs to have a level 5 understanding and practice of project management and a level 4-5 understanding and practice of programme management.
(4) Where are you now?
General interest - enjoy this site and I hope you find it informative - and I welcome any constructive comments.
Post the strategic review - you've got the vision - and now it's all about how to make it happen? Then
the methodologies section
of this site will help you successfully through those processes.