Project Management

Tips for Implementing Change

Patti Gilchrist, PMP, is a Senior Technical Manager with more than 20 years of IT experience. Visit her website at

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
-- Charles Darwin

Having bought and moved into seven homes within the past 16 years, I am well acquainted with change. But to say that I readily embrace organizational change is not accurate. Not because I am adverse to change, obviously. Instead, I am adverse to the way that organizations implement change, as well what change is chosen to implement. Many times, the change being implemented does not align to what I and/or other recipients feel to be important or necessary.

Thus, organizational change management should begin with a systematic evaluation of the current state in order to determine the need for change. Organizations must also consider the appetite for change and the capability to change.

Thus, here are a few tips for implementing change:

1. Carefully determine what changes to implement. Be selective when choosing what changes to implement. In this step, you need to view the change within the context of the broader business environment. Conduct a gap analysis of current state to proposed target state. Be sure you can define the issue to be addressed and understand what is driving the need for change. And most importantly, ask yourself: Will the proposed change solve this need?

2. Assess the capability …

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