Visualizing a Change Management Standard

Braden Kelley is an innovation and change specialist, the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire, an InnovationExcellence.com co-Founder, and is the creator of the Change Planning Toolkit™ and a book on the best practices and next practices of organizational change (January 2016 release).

In The Five Keys to Successful Change, I highlighted five key areas for organizations to focus on if they are serious about building a strong, sustainable capability in organizational change, including:

  1. Change Planning
  2. Change Leadership
  3. Change Management
  4. Change Maintenance
  5. Change Portfolio Management

As you can see, change management is but one of five keys to sustainable change success, but it is one of the most important. It is also the only one of the five that has its own professional association, and that is working to establish itself as a recognized profession complete with its own certification.

To get to a place where you can have a certification, you must have a collection of shared knowledge. In project management, they have The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) maintained by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in support of the certification of Project Management Professionals (PMP). For change management professionals, there is The Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Standard for Change Management, also referred to as ACMP’s Standard.

The main components of the standard, according to the ACMP brochure, include:

  1. Evaluating change impact and organizational readiness
    • Reviews the overall change and how it will impact the …

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