Program Framework, Project Management Practice, Project Planning

Understanding Change Management

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Creating sustainable change within an organisation requires time, effort and commitment, but it also requires an understanding of the steps required in order for change to take place. The two key disciplines for this are project management (PM) and change management.

Project Management
The application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements. PM is accomplished through the application and integration of the project management processes of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, as well as closing.

Change Management
The processes, tools and techniques to manage the people side of change to achieve the required business outcome. Change management incorporates the organisational tools that can be utilised to help individuals make successful personal transitions resulting in the adoption and realisation of change.

Both change and project management support organisations in the transitional journey from their current state to their desired future state. The role of project management focusses on the tasks to achieve project requirements while change management focuses on the people impacted by the change.

Balancing technology and people

Project Management solutions can only go so far – a tool is only as good as the person holding it, after all. While modern solutions are sure to provide an effective approach to the technical side of change, this is only half the battle. To deliver true sustainable change requires a collective understanding between people – all of whom must be aligned with, and supportive of, the new way of working. Without a clear understanding of the direction of change and the desired business outcome, it is more likely to be forgotten or neglected over time.

For Program Framework, we believe that Transformational Change programmes should revolve around the personal change journey. Our approach focuses on supporting clients throughout the Transformational Change process, from building to developing to the final deployment.

Our change management consultants combine their technological expertise with experience in the design and execution of change programmes. Projects are lead with a thorough understanding and ability, with constant and close attention to the needs of the client. Program Framework provide advice and insight regarding the avenues specific to a company’s current and desired state.

Beyond ‘on time and on budget’

21st century success measurements allude to the fact that it is no longer enough to have a project delivered “OTOB” – on time and on budget. Given the constantly evolving state of the enterprise, the ability to deliver on an organisation’s strategic ambition is an integral part of gaining a competitive advantage. Without a method for clearly aligning actions to deliver these plans, great ideas can quickly lead to frustration and a waste of scarce resources. The ability to turn strategy into action, therefore, is a defining capability for success.

Program Framework have developed a pragmatic yet comprehensive approach to building a strategic delivery capability in any organisation – be that public, private or third-sector – that allows absolute clarity on the “what” and “how” of delivering transformational change.

The Strategic Delivery Framework offers the following:

  • A structured framework addressing the 6 key capabilities required to successfully realise transformational change.
  • Organisations can define strategic ambition and put in place the steps to turn ambition into reality.
  • Create a roadmap that allows an organisation to improve strategic, effective and hence competitive advantage.

For more information on our Delivery Framework, you can contact our director Paul Major today. Paul is Director of Program Framework, and will be attending the PMO Conference in June this year. The event is specifically designed for the project management office (PMO) practitioner and is back this year after the sold-out success of 2015. We’re excited to announce that Program Framework are a silver sponsor at the event, and Paul will be doing a talk on Resource Management and the role of the PMO.

Program Framework at PMO Conference

Paul has over 20 years of experience in managing performance and delivering strategic change in multinational corporations, in roles including Entrepreneur, Programme Leader, Finance Director and Operations Manager. Through this, he has gained a unique insight into the challenges of creating, delivering and realising sustained benefits from complex organisational change. Over recent years, Paul has focused on how to enable competitive advantage through effective implementation of portfolio, programme and project process, collaboration and control solutions.

Paul’s talk Resource Management and the role of the PMO will highlight a number of benefits that PMOs can take from making the most out of their resources. Tempus Resource, from our U.S partner ProSymmetry, uses an innovative ‘What-If’ scenario planning to help organisations make risk-free, data-driven decisions.