The Intersection of Change Management and Project Management

by Paula Alsher on Fri, Jan 05, 2018 @ 10:07 AM

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The Intersection of Project Management and Change Management

 

Whether your organization uses Agile or a more traditional Waterfall approach to project management there is no doubt the end goal is the same. Getting to value realization for every business initiative is, of course, the name of the game.  But, while project management protocols focus on delivering projects on time, on budget and to scope, as change management professionals, we know that is not going to be enough.  In order to get to full value realization there is more that needs to be done!   

Measuring Change Management: A Client Shares Clinical and Business Outcomes

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Nov 02, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

One of the common challenges Change Agents confront is getting Sponsors to see how their commitment of resources to Change Management can actually make a difference in business results. We hear this all the time from clients who know that projects could be implemented faster and more successfully if they managed the “people-side” of projects with more discipline. We experience it, too, in our own change management consulting

What’s Getting in the Way of Your Change Initiatives?

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 01:37 PM

From ERP and Technology Implementations to Shared Services to Lean Six Sigma and other process improvement initiatives, change is everywhere. But in our experience, only 25-30% of all business changes achieve full benefit realization. 

Are You a Victim of the Installation Trap? Installation vs. Implementation Defined

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Oct 05, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

Don Harrison, developer of the Accelerating Implementation Methodology (AIM), has dedicated his entire, distinguished career to helping organizations worldwide implement complex changes at speed. Several years ago, he began to notice an alarming trend. Organizations were so focused on getting to launch or “go live” of their initiatives, once they got there, they declared the project over. They checked the box that the project was complete and then moved on to the next.  

How to Measure Transformational Change Success: What are Your Metrics?

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 @ 10:38 AM

It sounds so obvious when we say, “The end goal of every transformational change should be full benefit realization.”  Duh!  Of course.  But in our change management consulting work we see so many organizations who get to the “go-live” or the cut-over date of a project, declare it complete, and thus… successful. But the fact is that go live has nothing to do with getting to full implementation!  Your transformation is not “done.” 

Full Speed Ahead! 4 Tips on How to Implement Change... FAST

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

A few weeks ago, the CEO of Ford Motor Company was fired.  The reason: the company was not moving fast enough to compete in the upcoming automated car market.  It’s a real world example why speed isn’t just a nice to have… it’s a business necessity. The need to do a better job of delivering faster, better change has never been greater.  Quite simply, organizations who are able to implement faster are one step ahead of their competition, ultimately meaning they are more successful.  

The Real Cost of Transformation and Culture Change

by Paula Alsher on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 @ 11:41 AM

Recognize this:  if you are implementing an ERP, Lean/Six Sigma, Shared Services, a new Patient Care Model—you are under-taking transformational change that has a cultural change component.  When you begin the transformational change journey, there are inevitable truths your leaders must come to grips with!  This is not just a change for the project team, or the organization at large.  It is a change for the leaders themselves, and their role can’t be overlooked or under-estimated.  

How to Budget Wisely for Enterprise-Wide Changes: The Role of Change Management in Benefit Realization

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 02:32 PM

Walk into almost any large corporation and we bet you will find at least one (if not more) of these changes in their change portfolio:  shared services, mergers or acquisitions, ERP/technology updates, customer-centric strategies, and other one company solutionsThese enterprise-wide changes can all be significant strategic solutions to critical business problems or market opportunities. In fact, “one company” business models can markedly improve customer satisfaction, materially reduce operating margins, utilize resources more effectively, improve internal collaboration, and position the organization to respond quicker to changing market conditions. The ROI is staggering.  But…so is the investment required! 

The Change Management Journey of Mercy Healthcare: An AIM Case Study

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:41 PM

Mercy Healthcare is the 5th largest Catholic Healthcare System in the United States.  They have facilities in 4 states and employ over 40,000 people.  Between the Affordable Healthcare Act, plus sweeping clinical and operational changes, Mercy is typical of the crazy, busy world of healthcare today.  In fact, they are a complex, innovative and forward-thinking organization that considers “change” a constant part of their lives. 

20 Questions You Need to Be Able to Answer About Your Project Right Now

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 11:14 AM

One of the foundations of IMA’s proprietary Accelerating Implementation Methodology (AIM) is, “In order to achieve value realization, you must first identify the “human objectives” for your change." {Tweet This}  But what exactly are the “human objectives” and why is it so important to pay attention to them?