Project Management

Managing Changes Using Standard Practices

Omar Ali Beg

The  only constant thing in today’s world is change. There is always room for improvement due to the development of revolutionary technologies and procedures. In today’s challenging and competitive environment, change is inevitable. No matter how sour it is, you have to swallow it to stand out among your competitors. The main purpose of this article is to provide standard guidelines to project, program, and portfolio managers on how to implement an integrated change control system in your organization.

As a project management practitioner, you will face many change management challenges. The change must not be dealt with negatively either by the project manager or top management and should be approached with an open mind. It does not mean that your organization should implement every proposed change. Prior to taking action, evaluate the proposed change in detail for its alignment with organizational strategic objectives, impacts, pros, and cons.

 Why Use Standard Practices to Manage Change?

The agility of an organization depends on how effectively it deals with change. The August 2012 PMI study titled Pulse of the ProfessionTM In-depth Report: Organizational Agility found that organizations that use standardized practices and that are effective at change management and risk management are more agile.

According to the study, …

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