Change management seems to be a fashionable term being bandied about by people in different
industries. However, the term is so broadly used over a range of occupations that it seems
hard to pin down what features to expect from a great change management project plan. The
good thing is that there are commonalities between all types of change management project
plans that we can identify and define.
First, any change management project plan has to factor in the limitation of a budget.
Unless the organization and its stakeholders have unlimited financial resources, all
organizations have to be realistic and stay within budget. Otherwise, the changes become
impractical to implement.
Second, the decision makers have to be aware of what organizational process currently exist,
and what changes are to be implemented on those organizational processes, as well as how
the existing organizational processes stand to be affected after the program has been
completed. This is very important so that the organization members are prepared to
incorporate changes into their usual activities.
Third, the change management project plan should list down who are the stakeholders who
stand to be affected by the project. This also means tagging certain people or groups as
change agents who have crucial roles to play in the change management effort.
Fourth, the planners should determine the parameters by which the change management project
will be measured as to effectivity and efficiency. This helps narrow down what changes
should really be carried out and which are just superflous activities that the organization
can do without.
This list is not comprehensive. However, understanding the tips here will go a long way
towards the creation of a great change management project plan.