Project Management

13th Annual Change Management Conference Wrap-up

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).

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the 13th Annual Change Management Conference in New York, hosted by The Conference Board. The event represented a convening of 200-plus change management professionals from around the United States.

That’s a pretty decent size, but this larger number of attendees is quite small when you consider the number of people serving in official or unofficial change management roles around the world (either as employees or consultants), or when compared to the number of project managers (estimated at 16.5 million people around the world) and potentially as many as 1.5 million Six Sigma black belts and green belts sprinkled around the world.

Meanwhile, a couple of the leading training organizations in the change management space have trained just short of 100,000 people in the principles of change management.

If you agree that proactively managing change in organizations is at least as important as the practice of Six Sigma--and potentially as important as project management--that means that as the pace and importance of change continues to gather steam, there could be the need to train between 1.4 and 16.4 million change management professionals in the next few years.

Insights from The Conference Board’s Council on Change Management
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