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More than Fun and Games
At the beginning of a project excitement abounds. There is an allure to working on the next big thing to move the business forward. Yet, as the days turn into weeks, and the weeks into months, the allure begins to fade when the finish line is just a dot on the horizon. The middle of a project is when it can be hard to maintain focus and stay the course. Planning for this downturn in energy is important, and implementing a reward and recognition plan can help bolster the team’s energy reserves and keep the momentum going.
A reward and recognition plan serves as a means to encourage and reward the project team and key partners for their contributions to the project and its success. The plan should contain both monetary and non-monetary incentives that reinforce commitment.
A comprehensive plan should include:
Reward and recognition is often overlooked in a task driven environment. It is important to remember that the individuals working hard to complete those tasks need to feel appreciated. While providing meaningful recognition has always been a key component in the project plan, today’s fractured working environment further heightens the need. The benefits reaped from implementing a reward and recognition plan far outweigh the cost.
How Big Is It?
Imagine this….as a project team member you know a change is coming, but you have no idea how big the change really is [scale and/or significance], and who will be impacted the most. The team begins to feel uneasy, and you think, there has got to be a way to measure the impact of the change. And, you are right, a change impact assessment can help you answer the question: how big is it?
How does it answer that question? It identifies:
The insights provided by the assessment help you and the team prioritize the upcoming changes. This allows the team to devote time and resources to the areas that will experience the highest levels of change. Focusing resources on the highest priorities will help to accelerate the change and generate the largest return on investment.
While the change impact assessment is a useful tool, it is most successful when used properly. Let’s take a look at when and how the assessment should be used.
Change can be unsettling. Using a change impact assessment shines light on the upcoming change and gives the project team tangible ways to minimize the impact.
What Surprise Awaits?
In today’s world we do not need another surprise. It seems like we have surprise upon surprise occurring on a regular basis. So, let’s make sure we control what we can and secure solid footing for successfully managing projects in these turbulent times. Consider this….changes don’t occur in a vacuum. To be successful, you must involve the right people at the right time. Follow these steps to identify and engage the right stakeholders.
Unsure about how you’ve segmented the stakeholders, or want some suggestions on how to influence important stakeholders? Reach out to trusted partners, fellow program/project managers, or discuss with project team members. Be well and stay safe!
It’s a Different World
“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, this frightening intruder once again reminds us of the insight from Mark Twain, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” We have been challenged in the past with pandemics, prevailed over time, and we shall do so again.
With the perspective of the glass half full, we have an opportunity to learn, to problem solve, and act on the trauma and drama of this current threat.We would be the worst of fools if we squander this experience and not use it to help reshape our approach to life, to business, and our own readiness.Below are a few key tenets from change management that we may want to consider:
The paradox of managing change is that when it is done well, nothing happens. So, you will not see the ‘drama’, experience the disruption, or pay the price of poor implementation.
What can be described as V3, the velocity, volume, variety, and impact of this unprecedented event has taught us that mind-bending change can happen at supersonic speed.
This unwelcome and traumatic intrusion into our lives has clearly exposed numerous weak spots. We encourage you to be proactive and productive during this time of forced hibernation to reflect and prepare for reentry into a very different world.
As you begin to reengage into this new world of work and beyond, a challenging question emerges, “Are you ready to navigate the personal change that will confront each of us in this radically new era?”
Be well and stay safe!
The environment around us changes rapidly. Intellectually we know this, yet often the understanding stops short of personal impact. Over the past few weeks we have experienced change at an unprecedented pace that leaves many of us bewildered, anxious, and even fatigued. The coronavirus outbreak has provided an unwanted opportunity to experience the difference between intellectually understanding change and feeling the impact at organizational and personal levels.
The impacts of this new environment vary widely. As we begin to take preventative measures, one of the recommendations is to limit our human interaction. This precaution means that we are faced with an important question: How do we keep our connections to each other and the broader world we live in?
Offered below are a few organizational and personal actions to help navigate this difficult and disorienting time.
Looking at the glass as half full, we have a forced opportunity for solitude and reflection on the deep introspective stage of transition and change, healing, and energy renewal. Making small changes to the way we choose to connect with those around us may be just what we need to thrive.