The Pain Of Change Excuses Or Roadblocks-isobuster

Business No two organizations doing project-based work are exactly the same. Depending upon the maturity of the organization, project teams might use spreadsheets and sticky-notes or sophisticated project and portfolio management software. Managing change is an almost daily requirement as an organizations project management needs change and evolve. Benjamin Franklin said, In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. Although Franklin wasnt talking about project-based work, he could have been. As an organizations project management processes mature, change happens. Whether unintentional or by design, its never easy implementing new work management methodologies. Sometimes its necessary to over.e what will someday be considered the irrational fear of a particular change. For years, it was considered impossible for a man to run a mile in four minutes. In fact, physiologists even thought it was dangerous to the health of any athlete foolish enough to make the attempt. On May 6, 1954, a 61, 25-year old medical student at Oxford, Roger Bannister, was foolish enough. On the Oxford track at Iffley Road, Bannister ran before a meager crowd of about 1,000 people (most of them students). Running against what the New York Times described as a 15 mph crosswind, Bannister was the first man to run the mile in under four minutes, 3:59.4. When the time was announced, the crowd only heard the first word, Three The rest was drowned out by the roar of the crowd. Bannister is a great example of over.ing what we might now consider an irrational fear; he changed the way we think about how far we can push the human body and ac.plished something really incredible. Like the fear that limited Bannisters .petitors, many times the roadblocks to the change we face are sometimes just excusesat least Bannister treated them that way. When implementing new methodologies or technology, knowing what to expect can make the shock of change a little easier to deal with. Seldom are the challenges or obstacles we face as difficult to over.e we might believe. In fact, Ive found that fear of change in most cases is really a fear of the unknown. Here are some of the most .mon fears that organizations face as they try to change or implement new project management methodologies: Its different. Realizing that there are some people who thrive on change, but most people dont, is important. Some people push back simply because its a change. Some people are un.fortable with additional scrutiny. Projects that might be important to one senior manager or team may not be as important to others. This could make some people a little nervous that their project might not stand up to peer review. Some projects are more important than others. Implementing a sound work management methodology will mean that only those projects that provide business value will get pushed forwardnot the pet projects of influential stakeholders. Because this might negatively impact some projects, those stakeholders may try to block the process. There are tough decisions to be made. Best practice requires that some projects will get funded and others will not. Its important that senior managers understand that they have a responsibility to the organizationnot just their individual departments. There will be managers who dont like this fact. Implementation takes time. Implementing a new methodology for project-based work takes time. Because it doesnt happen overnight, there will be those who will say they dont have time for thisbut its necessary to take the time to be successful. Like any organizational culture change, there will be those who embrace the change and others who dont. Be prepared for both, and your organizations ability to cope with change will be successful. About the Author: work management accessible to both the expert and novice project professional by weaving personal experiences, historical references and other anecdotes into daily discussions around effective leadership approaches that maximize the effectiveness of project teams. Ty is also the host of the popular podcast, TalkingWork… Article Published On: 相关的主题文章: