Change management requires continuous communication, active sponsorship, stakeholder buy-in and tailored training. Project leaders can use this spreadsheet-based assessment tool to evaluate their organization's change readiness and to provide guidance on better preparing for change initiatives.
All organizations have key "influencers" who can help bring a project to life — or stop it dead in its tracks. Here's some advice on how to identify and persuade four types of influencers — Top Dogs, Gatekeepers, Gurus and Players — to move your initiatives and ideas forward.
Organizational silos and poor communication are often the result of “turf wars” in which groups or teams value their interests over cross-functional cooperation for the good of the entire enterprise. Here are some ideas to help project managers operate in this environment and overcome its harmful effects.
Project managers and organizations need to be mindful of the public stakeholders who might be affected by their initiatives in social, environmental or economic ways. They need to listen to their concerns and prioritize them alongside the potential benefits. This is the intersection of risk management and sustainability, and the cost of not practicing it can be enormous.
In navigating your way through a haunted house of overzealous stakeholders, zombie spreadsheets, Frankenstein systems and other project management nightmares, you might take some inspiration from popular demon hunters.
Do your change initiatives create high levels of uncertainty, frustration and wasted effort? Is the human side of change valued through coaching, communication and recognition? This review template can help executives, project/program managers and implementation teams evaluate the effectiveness of change leadership in their organization.
The only thing you can reliably change or control in any company or team is yourself. So start there and be a truth-teller, says Mindy Mackenzie, author, McKinsey senior adviser and former WalMart executive. It’s the first step in building a credible partnership with your boss and collaborative, reciprocal relationships with your peers.
Project managers play a critical role in helping organizations close the gap between expectations and achievement, according to a new report from Project Management Institute. Successful practices include engaging cross-functional teams and keeping business owners informed about benefits-related issues.
Project teams in regulated industries must get compliance requirements right — a company’s reputation and legal standing depend on it. Here are eight best practices to help PMOs, product owners and business analysts to better understand complex regulatory environments, interpret rapidly changing regulations, and develop clear, complete requirements.
Once a non-agile customer or sponsor begins to see the benefits of an agile approach, it is critical to reaffirm their leap of faith and build trust through demonstrations that deliver working product, facilitate open discussion and change-focused feedback, and keep the project on track.