How best do the disciplines of project management and change management fit together to support change outcomes for your organisation?
The following article provides a brief summary of some of the common issues on this popular topic, with some suggested further reading ahead of our CMC webinar next week “Integrating Project Management and Change Management”.
Project management and change management - two teams with the same goal?
Absolutely! Project management and change management both aim “to increase the likelihood that the project or initiative will achieve its intended results and outcome”.
However, in reality, we all know that that our project and change resources may often pull in different directions:
‘How much is this going to cost?’ thinks the Project Manager when the Change Manager proposes new people-focused activities.
‘What’s the importance of cost, time, and quality if no-one actually uses the new system?’ thinks the Change Manager.
To deliver successful projects, we need to combine the people and technical sides of change:
- A technical side focus ensures that the change is developed, designed and delivered effectively.
- A people side focus ensures that the change is embraced, adopted and utilised by the employees who have to do their jobs differently as a result of the project.
Delivering change is never easy. But if project management and change management resources can effectively pull together in the same direction, we’ve got a much better chance of achieving what we set out to in the first place.
This coming Monday 22nd October, we’ll offer an approach on how the disciplines can work together, in our webinar “How to integrate Change Management and Project Management” led by CMC’s Emma de-la Haye.
With research from Prosci® Best Practices in Change Management, Emma will explore how to integrate the two disciplines across five dimensions to deliver a unified value proposition for change.
If the issues in this blog resonate with you, then this webinar is a must! Register for the webinar here.
If you’d like further reading on the topic, then download the Prosci article “The value of Integrating Change Management and Project Management”.
Finally if you think you’d like to organise a change management workshop for your project teams at your office, then get in touch with the CMC team to discuss the Prosci Delivering Project Results workshop and also other change management training and support to embed the knowledge and skills for your organisation.