“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”
31 May

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”

“Why can’t you understand me? We communicate in the same language, after all!” How many times have we all been in this frustrating situation? I am sure you can think of a time, perhaps even recently, where you felt this exact way. It seems like you have said the same thing, repeatedly, in multiple different […]

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Good Change Program? 4 Ways to Tell
10 May

Good Change Program? 4 Ways to Tell

Once your project is complete, whether it was successful or not so much, how much can you thank (or blame) your change program? Every once in a while all of us come across blogs or articles that list why projects fail. At the top of the list every time is some lack of OCM, organizational […]

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Build a Winning Project Team with Champions
26 Apr

Build a Winning Project Team with Champions

Many projects need nothing more than a project team and a steering committee made up of local sponsors when it comes to the governance structure. But if you need to implement in more than one location, it helps to have someone there to champion that change for you. And if you have to roll out […]

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4 Steps to Make Change Stick Permanently
14 Dec

4 Steps to Make Change Stick Permanently

If you ever read articles on why IT or other large implementations fail, the authors will provide a laundry list of reasons. One of the ones rarely mentioned is “backsliding”. Using a company’s performance management process can prevent this. Backsliding is the perfectly natural but insidious habit people have of reverting back to their old […]

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Managing Projects in Distracted Times: 5 Steps
29 Nov

Managing Projects in Distracted Times: 5 Steps

One of my very good friends, who is also one of the most competent project managers I have ever worked with, recently asked me this question: “Is there a change management approach you can use to keep distracted senior management focused?” Her point was that today everybody’s attention spans are short. We expect things to […]

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Stakeholders: How to find out what’s really going on
10 Feb

Stakeholders: How to find out what’s really going on

There is a science and an art to managing change, and especially when it comes to identifying who can trip you up in a project. This activity, known as a stakeholder analysis or assessment, is the first and most important activity when managing change on a project. An earlier blog covered what questions you need […]

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