A Guide to Change Planning
If you struggle with change planning, you’re not alone.
For any organisation, the fundamental capability to change in order to tackle future challenges and opportunities, is what sets it apart from others.
Being great at change means being great at several things, and in the attached document we’ve covered one of the most important. If you want to improve change planning in your organisation, we hope that this document helps you think through how you might do this.
Alongside leadership, solution design and sourcing, change planning is one of the four key change capability disciplines that an organisation needs to master throughout the change journey. Planning may lack the kudos of leadership, the creativity of solution design and the commercial cut-and-thrust of sourcing, but it’s the key to effective change. Many change programmes miss expectations because of planning challenges – things that weren’t done before the project started.
Recent research with members of our Real Change Club underlined the fact that, of all the change disciplines, planning is the one that organisations struggle with most.
If you want to maximise the return on your investment in change then planning is a challenge worth fixing. Better planning enables better decision-making, which helps to deliver change faster, with more certainty and at lower cost.
This article focuses on the discipline and essence of planning. Prepare yourself for the important and sometimes uncomfortable realities that may have to be faced to make significant improvements in the way your organisation plans for real change.
21 January 2016