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Driving Successful Change

Change management is the practice of tracking and administering changes during the development of a product or service and is a key part of project management.

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Executing Large Transformation Projects

This article focusses on sharing some insights on what to expect in these large and complex projects, how to handle them and what makes or breaks the programme.

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How to Make Changes on a Project

It is never fun to make changes, especially amidst a big project, but at times change is necessary. These tips will help ensure all bases are covered.

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Change Orders are a Four Letter Word

Change orders are hard to bring before a customer. Here's how to leave no question in your customer's mind that you and your team know what you're doing.

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The Sudden Realisation: "My Project's Going Live"

What to do if your customer gets cold feet before project go-live and asks to make last-minute changes that increase the risk of problems when you launch.

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Controlling Change Requests in Projects

Changes requested can be the result of external changes in a business or internal changes because the original aims of the project were not clearly understood.

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What is Change Control?

Change control is an important part of the project management process. With the pace of change today, it is almost certain that projects will face the demand for change during their life.

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Three Characteristics of Transformational Leaders

What are the three key characteristics the most effective leaders demonstrate when required to sustain a change agenda over a multi-year journey.

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Change Management Leadership Qualities: The Renewable Leader

How does a leader become a renewable leader and what are the leadership qualities that make this possible? What does engagement and empowerment mean in practice?

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Making Change Stick

Are you tired of hearing people say the only constant is change? We need to keep saying it to remind ourselves we have to always be ready to keep changing.

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Change Management: The Horror of it All

The failure rate of significant change projects is about 70%. Here's a brief summary from a cross section of sources that reveal the horror of it all.

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The Change Control Myth

There is no such thing as change control. Yes, you read that correctly. The idea that we can control change is a myth.

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Nothing Stays the Same: Leadership Techniques to Empower People During Change Initiatives

Using the Change Management Life Cycle methodology's three phases, provides organisations with a framework for creating an environment for lasting change.

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Common Project Management Mistakes: Badly Handled Changes

No matter how well a project is planned and how well the requirements are defined, there will always be requests to change something about the project.

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Three Myths About Organisational Change

If you feel like your change initiative is getting stuck, review these three myths and you might find the reason you're stuck in a rut.

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Change Management: 3 Key Reasons for the Catastrophic 70% Failure Rate

Any organisational initiative that creates change, or has a major change element to it, has a 70% chance of not achieving what was originally envisaged.

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Controlling Change Requests

Project managers can accept all projects need to change during their life cycle, but sometimes changes can get out of hand and end up derailing the project.

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Using Change Management and Change Control Within a Project

Setting up a systematic and common approach to change is vital. This article outlines the approach and steps needed for change management and ultimate project success.

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How to Deal with the People Factor of Change Management

A recent survey by McKinsey of 3,199 executives around the world found that only one in three organisational transformation or change projects succeeded. So, what can be done?

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Predicting the ROI of Change

Implementing process change is a risky business, fraught with uncertainty and unknown cost. Discover how Process Simulation Modeling (PSIM) can help you zero-in on the changes that will deliver a positive ROI.

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Creative Problem Solving Leads to Organisational Innovation

Creative problem solving is a method of finding innovative approaches for problem resolution. The problem may be any of a number of situations or needs.

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Strategies for Managing Change: The Project Manager

Change management strategies that fail, often do so because of poor project management. Don't let that happen to you.

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Managing Change Successfully: Six Layers of Resistance

Why is there resistance to change? Are people just naturally perverse, or are there concerns which if understood and correctly dealt with will create the buy-in required.

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Making Change Happen

Managing change requires a leadership team with project management, communication and analytical skills with a high degree of results orientation.

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Push-Me Pull-You Projects

Are you trying to simultaneously push and pull an organisation? Don't waste your energy and the goodwill of your customers on Push-Me Pull-You Projects.

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Change Management in Practice: Why Does Change Fail?

Resistance is a key element in why change fails, yet resistance can be principled and creative as well as from vested interest.

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Persuasion and Perception

In the absence of personal control of events, everybody hates change. A failure to remember this fundamental insight is the root cause of a great many failed projects.

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