"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things." - Niccolo Machiavelli
Change is a constant in life and business, yet it is something people and organisations continue to struggle with. IBM identified the following 7 reasons IT project fail*:
- Poor project planning and direction
- Insufficient communication
- Ineffective management
- Failure to align constituents and stakeholders
- Ineffective involvement of Executive Management
- Lack of soft skills or the ability to adapt
- Poor or missing methodologies or tools
All but the last reason are partially or wholly due to poor change management knowledge, practice and/or experience.
It is not just IT projects that benefit from good change management skills but any project or initiative which is going to impact on people, in other words almost all of them!
Combining our experience as Project Leaders in major change initiatives including, market entries, post-acquisition integrations, decentralising decision making and systems delivery projects, with our knowledge and skills in change derived from our team and individual coaching we are able to advise, assist and take leading roles in change projects with our clients.
*IBM Systems Magazine Feb 2012