The relationship between project management, Managing Successful Programs (MSP) and change management is not clearly defined. You need the former two to run smoothly for the majority of the time, and for them both to be able to be adapted in times of change
For a company to overhaul its systems, individual projects need to be moved across, along with a set of more long-term programs. Having staff with training in Project Management, Managing Successful Programs and, distinctly, Change Management is necessary for all business areas.
Change management specialists are hoping that the coming years will see an increase in recognition for what they can offer businesses. Here are some areas in which they can push forward in achieving this.
- Organizational Buy-In Executives and business owners are now more aware than ever of how change management techniques can be used to benefit their companies. However, there’s still a long way to go for this to be true across the board.
It will be up to the change management profession to push for this buy-in by displaying professionalism and really delivering results.
- Build Relationships
The links between Project Managers, Program Managers and Change Mangers are very tight, and need to be nurtured for the long-term success of any of the three. Rather than working against each other for recognition, the three professions need to work together and display how they are together indispensable for business today.
- Remember Both Projects and Programs
When change occurs, both short-term projects and permanent programs will need to move with the times. Focusing on one at the expense of the other will be of detriment to your success in change management.
- Emphasize Differences
Many companies assume their program or project managers will act as change managers when the time comes – when in fact a different set of skills is needed. Other organizations take the opposite stance of only employing certified change managers. Make sure you’re affiliated with bodies such as the Change Management Institute and the Association of Change Management Professionals in order to ensure the right standards are set.
- Keep an Eye on your Soft Skills
Change managers, like project managers, need to be able to communicate, motivate and manage people through times of progress and change. Many change managers will be hired on their track record of getting results – but will be hired back if they can get these results whilst being personable and professional.