1st Critical Organisational Change Implementation Step - Plan Phase
The process of defining the change and aligning the programmes within the portfolio to the organisation’s strategy, ensuring it has a business case and resources to deliver business benefits.
“Unless the change programme is continually aligned to the organisation’s strategy and capacity, it will not deliver speedy benefits or value to the organisation”
Too many change programmes and transformations fail to deliver the business benefits and value that are justified. This step identifies the key foundations that need to be in place to deliver the benefits. This step ensures proper due diligence by assessing estimates of costs, benefits, and risks, go-or-no-go decisions, etc.
To assess if the change is aligned with the organisation’s strategy, it should have a business case and resources to deliver value, clear stakeholder impacts, proper governance, a high-level timeline and milestones. An important deliverable that could differentiate this change programme from other projects will be benefits planning and tracking.
The Importance of Change Definition:
Defining the change is about aligning the change programme within the portfolio to the organisation’s strategy, ensuring it has a business case and resources to deliver value, there is an understanding of the stakeholder impacts, proper governance and a high-level timeline and milestones. It is extremely important that the change is aligned to the organisation’s strategy and is part of the strategic portfolio. At the very least, the benefits should clearly be identified. Equally important is the organisation’s and the employee’s capacity to deliver the change programme while delivering normal day-to-operations.
a2B Change Management Framework® (a2BCMF®)
The a2B Change Management Framework® (a2BCMF®) is a structured and disciplined approach to support organisations, leadership teams and individuals going through a change, the transition from the current ‘a’ state to the improved future ‘B’ state. The a2BCMF® has three phases and ten key process steps. Each phase provides change strategies, principles, analysis and tactics to move from one phase to the next.
The framework is based on over thirty years of international change experience and brings together leading practice in change, people and programme management. The structured programme approach, processes, techniques and tools focus on overcoming the failures of previous change by incorporating ten key steps and success elements for achieving organisational change. It supports strategic change implementation in terms of context, content and process. The framework is a comprehensive management model that allows executives, managers and change practitioners to successfully deliver and achieve organisational change. It requires a holistic approach and some steps can be performed simultaneously.
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Further Reading: Change Management Handbook - Leadership of Change Volume 3
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