Transformation Project Manager – An Understanding of What You Are Up To

Valaiporn Niramai, PMP

Technology advances in digitization and artificial intelligence are disrupting almost all players in every industry. To keep pace with technology changes these days and to stay away from being disrupted, “transformation” appears to be a top-agenda item for the C-level. Project managers may find it tempting to opt in to a project management role in the “transformation,” but before saying “yes,” they should understand how the transformation team is structured, how talents are acquired, what skill sets are needed, and what key considerations to look for.

Let’s begin with how transformation is defined.

Transformation Defined
The basic goal of transformation is to make fundamental shifts in how business is conducted to cope with changes brought about by global trends, digital technologies, and increasingly demanding stakeholder needs and expectations (Kotter, 2007; Lemaitre, Wyszkowsky, & Creelman, 2019). Simply put, transformation is a major surgery involving the people, process, and platform of an organization to achieve a desired business outcome. That being said, the transformation project manager is tasked with the mounting responsibility of projects that create substantive changes for an organization with an expectation to achieve business results within a certain set of tight timeframes. Unlike conventional …

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