There is great value in the strategic combination of change management and project management within the operations of a company. Change management is a method used to help a company adapt to changes from internal and external factors. Project management on the other hand is the process of organizing large projects and coaching a team throughout each milestone. The integration of both allows a company to make changes on both a technical and employee level.
Although change management and project management are both structured methods there are different characteristics to each. Change management for instance is a structured process in implementing change; however, there is no defined goal requiring multiple shifts to approach strategies. In contrast, project management is defined by a specific end goal as well as project milestones throughout. Project managers can plan their entire project before beginning whereas change managers are presented with unexpected changes throughout the process.
The integration of both management approaches within technological systems and employee management can lead your company to greater opportunity for success. This allows for problems to be identified, changes to be made, employees to be informed, and issues to be resolved.
Why Project Managers should Integrate Change Management into their Strategy
Individual and shared goals
Project Managers and Change managers can work together to reach a shared objective while also working independently towards specific goals. The integration of both can work to improve employee performance and overall company success.
Project Team Communication
The integration of these two strategies makes for greater communication between all roles within the project. For example, when an unexpected development arises the project team is presented with the issue in a timely manner and change managers begin to adjust project plans. This fast recognition of an issue and communication of important strategic adjustments is attributed to the integration of the two management approaches.
Project managers know how unexpected changes can occur and how that can hinder the progress of the project. It is important to be able to identify these issues immediately and have solutions or modifications. This proactive organization of changes to the project will motivate employees to embrace the change rather than be afraid of it.
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