Business projects, whether or not they involve IT systems, rarely fail for any technical reason: these days computer systems are ever more sophisticated and reliable. Generally projects are perceived to fail for a variety or reasons including: –
Managing major business projects successfully is primarily about Managing Change. Change is difficult for everyone, harder for some than others. Change Management is a discipline in its own right which managers will rarely gain experience of through normal business activities. Nor is it something that can be handled on top of an otherwise full diary. It requires time, focus, capability and knowledge. Contrary to popular belief managing change in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is even harder than in FTSE 100 companies.
Change Management Myths
Frequently we hear managers say one or all of the following: –
But change does not “just happen”, it requires a solid framework that includes a plan and a process as well as skilled people to design, implement and anticipate the implications of that plan and process