Top 10 Books on Change Management (2020 edition)

Girl's Guide to PM

Change management is so important for making sure that the change you deliver is embedded in the organisation. Here’s my list of top change management books for leaders. Leading Change by John P. Kotter is a leading authority in change management, and this is the book to start with. Leading Change (2012) is a comprehensive guide to his 8-step process for managing change. Communicating Change by Elizabeth Harrin.

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How Change Management Fits Into Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, How Change Management Fits Into Projects , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. Way back when I started managing projects, change management was a specific role in large organisations. Big projects – and lucky project managers – had their own Business Change Manager. This person’s role was to integrate the change delivered by a project into the operations of the company. Change Management has Changed.

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What’s difference between project management and change management?

Moira Alexander

Project management involves the use of people, processes and methodologies to plan, initiate, execute, monitor and close activities. Change management, similar to project management, involves people, processes, and tools to effectively help organizations manage all the changes that occur, whether as a result of project initiatives, or other factors that might impact the business. Characteristics of Project Management.

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Integrated Change Management. The missing ingredient to drive adoption in your major change programs


Delivering the best portfolio of projects faster and responding faster to changing priorities is not just about new technology, processes and more training. Our current situation has brought forward years of plans to change the way organizations work into a matter of months in some cases.

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5 Ways to Lead a Change Management Initiative: Project Manager As Change Manager


But championing change is a hard thing to do, because people naturally have a resistance to change. Further Reading: How to Make Your Team Active Participants in Organizational Change]. social media marketing, product placement, SEO, sustainability, governance). Organizations have to be open to changing the way they do things, and on a regular basis. Further Reading: Why Is Organizational Change So Hard?]. Systemize new processes around the change.

Sustain Your PMO: Nine Easy Lessons

The Lazy Project Manager

As has been already discussed the reality out there in ‘PMO land’ is that there is not a plethora of wise and experienced PMO managers, directors, leaders, heads, etc., And there are communities you can connect to – on LinkedIn, through the project management bodies such as PMI and APM, etc. They must be enthusiastic about leading change and critically must have the strength of belief in their own uniqueness and that of the PMO they lead.

 Executive’s Guide To Large-Scale Agile Transformation & Sustaining An Adaptive Enterprise w/ Mike Cottmeyer

Leading Agile

The three systems include a System of Delivery, a System of Transformation, and a System of Sustainability. – [Announcer] This is Mike Cottmeyer’s talk from Agile Arizona, The Executive’s Guide to Large-Scale Agile Transformation and Sustaining an Adaptive Enterprise.

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How open are YOU to changing your launch plans?

Kiron Bondale

During the last week PMI announced that, based on the feedback they had received from stakeholders, they would be delaying the significant changes to the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam which had originally planned to be launched in mid-December 2019 to July 1, 2020. The proposed changes to the exam are likely to be more significant than others made over the past decade. They were open to hearing negative feedback about the changes.

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What are the tipping points for your agile transformation?

Kiron Bondale

Such evidence is critical if there is to be sustained commitment and investment in the transformation. Team social pressure encourages appropriate agile behaviors without the need for sustained external coaching. Delivery frequency matches stakeholders’ change appetite. Agile Facilitating Organization Change agile project management Change management transformational projects

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Why You Should Use Neuroscience to Master Change Management


Managing a project for the first time can be overwhelming. First, there’s the technical side to learn: project management methods and tools, organizational techniques, etc. Most project managers and team leaders learn the hard way that appropriately managing people and change is the key to a smooth and sustainable execution. SCARF: Your New Management Framework. Provide team members with public praise, especially in front of their managers.

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Helping functional managers through an agile transformation

Kiron Bondale

A lot has been written about the challenges caused by functional managers when their company undergoes an agile transformation. But with this emphasis on what they shouldn’t be doing, not as much gets published about the specific activities we should be doing to help them through the change. To support a change you need to understand the change. Pairing functional managers with properly trained HR staff for panel interviews is one way to address this.

2018 160

Are your agile transformation blockers like agents in The Matrix?

Kiron Bondale

Some such as technical debt or legacy integrations can be eliminated over time with persistence and sustained investment but others are a natural by-product of a company’s industry, the free market or globalization. Agile Facilitating Organization Change agile project management Change management transformational projectsAgile transformations are susceptible to a variety of impediments but sometimes these hurdles are not as high as we believe them to be.

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Maintain a sense of change urgency through agility

Kiron Bondale

According to John Kotter’s model for leading change, the first step to overcoming inertia requires us to instill a sense of true urgency in those we need to support, implement and sustain the change. Executives and mid-level managers are constantly juggling competing priorities and as long as it appears that a change initiative is not on fire, their attention spans are likely to be shorter than that of a goldfish.

2018 146

All you need to know about Change Readiness Assessment


Readiness Assessment Simply put, people don’t like change. It’s a small change in the grand scheme of things and yet it can be a disaster to manage. Capacity refers to the resources available to undertake change. Beware of change fatigue! Change Management

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Are you missing a musketeer on your projects?

Kiron Bondale

Sponsors are funding our projects to realize expected business outcomes and these outcomes are achieved through successful change implementation and not just by completing project deliverables. Your core delivery team should be the Four Musketeers instead of the Three Amigos through the addition of a change lead. Looking beyond delivery risk a change lead has the ability to elevate the visibility of execution and operational risks caused by or impacting a project.

2016 139

Adkar Model - Change Competency Assessment


Adkar Change Management If you have ever been involved in a project, you certainly know by now that change management is a fundamental competency to have if the project is to be successful. To address this scenario, consider doing a change competency assessment.

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Project Management at the United Nations: Projects Management for Sustainable Social Change

Guerrilla Project Management

Ricardo Vargas, director of the Project Management Practice Group at the United Nations, on project management at the U.N and the challenges of development and sustainable social change projects. Ricardo Vargas is the director of the Project Management Practice Group at the United Nations (U.N). Ricardo Vargas, director of the Project Management Practice Group at the United Nations, on project management at the U.N

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Three key ingredients motivating personal change

Kiron Bondale

The company they work for has ambitious growth plans and the practices and behaviors which helped their staff get the company to where it is today will not sustainably support the anticipated growth. My friends have previously worked for more mature organizations and can clearly visualize and articulate what needs to be done to get their company to this next level but are encountering resistance from long-time staff who are reluctant to change.

2017 131

How do we encourage organizational adoption of an agile mindset?

Kiron Bondale

Changing mindset is all the rage in the agile community. Years of failed transformations which started with practice, methodology or tooling changes are convincing many that changing the hearts and minds of all stakeholders involved in value delivery provides a more safer road to organizational agility. But how do we change people’s minds? While it is common for staff to pick up bad habits from their managers, the same holds true for positive behaviors.

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The Basics of Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

This means a move away from the predominate way of organizing, managing, and funding work. However, for large, complex organizations with legacy technology architecture, Transformation must be carefully orchestrated to ensure that the work and investment made in making the change creates business value and actually leads to Agility. How much do you value predictable delivery vs the ability to adapt to change. “Transformation can be planned, managed, and measured.”

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Should we hire full-time or contract agile coaches?

Kiron Bondale

In 2013 I wrote an article about the advantages and disadvantages of contract project managers. In such situations, a delivery team might try hard to be more agile, but functional managers, executives and other internal and external stakeholders might not be supportive of this transition. Having full-time coaches might prolong the journey to sustainable agility.

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Dr. Harold Kerzner’s Project Management Predictions for 2020

International Institute for Learning

The landscape for project management changes almost every year. Some changes are relatively small or incremental, whereas other changes can be significant. Major changes to project management will occur in 2020 due to much of the new material that the Project Management Institute (PMI) has published and will be testing on in the new version of the Project Management Professional (PMP) ® exam beginning in June 2020. By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D.

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Unlock All Your Team “Kan” Do With a Kanban Template


In 2001, software developers changed project management forever by introducing Agile to the world with the Manifesto for Software Development. Agile is an umbrella of methodologies that boost productivity by empowering teams to operate with more flexibility than traditional hierarchical styles of project management. Japanese for “visual signal” or “visual card,” Kaban is centered on managing workload capacity. Ready to leverage the Kanban style of project management?

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Why lean IT matters – A conversation with Steve Bell

Guerrilla Project Management

Steve Bell shares insights from his latest book Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation on the application of Lean in IT and recommendations for organizations wishing to start their own Lean journey. Steve Bell shares insights from his latest book Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation on the application of Lean in IT and recommendations for organizations wishing to start their own Lean journey.

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Project Management vs. Program Management


If you are frustrated with trying to clearly understand the differences between project management vs. program management, then be assured you are not alone. The second is that there is a significant amount of overlap in project management and program management.

Top Project Management Conferences of 2020

Luckily for project management professionals, there are ample opportunities throughout the year to hunker down with colleagues, network and learn about new techniques and project management technologies in the industry. Each year we like to collect some of the best project management conferences, so that our readers can schedule one that’s convenient in their datebooks. The Technical Project Management Conference . Change Management 2020 Conference.

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2021 Online & On-Site Events for Project Managers

Epicflow Blog

2021 is going to be full of both online and offline events for project managers engaged in different areas of business: construction and engineering, IT, healthcare, and many others. Biggest Online Project Management Conferences in 2021. 2020 Offline Project Management Conferences .

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The Battle Between Process and Progress

Girl's Guide to PM

As Project Managers, we’re all familiar with process. In fact, sometimes it can feel as if a project manager’s world is but a never-ending universe of interlocking processes and procedures. After all, project managers are not process monkeys. Project managers are not process monkeys. i.e. aeroplane component design, or changes to core banking infrastructure. And your job as project manager is to enable them to make that decision.

2016 312

The Six Human Needs and how they impact the choices you make

Susanne Madsen

Some managers are still of the belief that a few common incentives motivate people – such as money and status – but research shows that we are motivated by a variety of factors and are not as easily swayed as some think.

2020 78

What Is the Definition of Done for Agile Teams?

That’s largely due to agile’s ability to adapt to change and incorporate customer feedback, both of which are essential in today’s world where technology is constantly evolving, and swathes of information are just a few clicks away—including public customer reviews. So if a foundation of agile is working fast and changing rapidly and often, while continuing to iterate on the project, what’s the definition of done in agile?

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Free Professional Development in London in October

Arras People

It’s a great show to get up to speed on what’s happening in the project management market as well as gaining some professional development time with the different seminar sessions that are on throughout the two days. Michael will explain what this means for portfolio and programme managers, how CEOs look to face uncertainties, build on opportunities and get the best value possible from ongoing transformation. Hear Pcubed’s opinion on how to manage in the “mixed economy”.

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Celebrating Women in Project Management

For the last four years, I’ve published my annual women in project management blog for Even after all that time, women in project management are still a hidden key to our global and economic sustainability. Stevens is a podcaster, author, speaker and works with women in project management to reinforce within themselves their true value to their team, company and industry. It’s Time to Change the Ratio.

2019 301

The Trouble with Methodologies and Why Frameworks are Better

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest post by Laura Copas and Steve Sewell at Change Troops. At Change Troops we’ve noticed projects, programmes and change initiatives becoming increasingly complex, and the biggest threat to their success is methodologies. They bring with them the enticing promise of an easy way to make organisational or personal change, if only you follow the prescribed route. What are Project Management Methodologies? Changing Behaviours: The Hard Part of Projects.

2018 229

Why Everyone in the Workplace Needs Project Management Skills


In the business world, where processes are becoming more technically sophisticated, lead times for product development are getting shorter, and work is becoming increasingly cross-functional, it’s no real surprise that demand for sound project management skills is on the rise, and not just from the dedicated project management team. One of the most compelling reasons for understanding the basics of project management is to improve visibility across all ongoing work.

Can the Words “Innovation” and “Project Management” Be Used In The Same Sentence?

The IIL Blog

Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL. According to management guru Peter Drucker, there are only two sources for growth: marketing and innovation [Drucker, 2008]. Innovation forces companies to adapt to an ever-changing environment and to be able to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. The question, of course, is “How do we manage innovation needs?”. INNOVATION AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT. The change can be incremental or radical.

Program Manager Job Description – Plus! Cut & Paste Example

If you’re looking for a program manager, then that means you’re looking for someone to manage a project portfolio. A program manager is just that, a person who is responsible for managing several projects at once, and they might even have to manage many programs. As you can see, this is a unique job, one that shares many responsibilities with the project manager job description , but also differs in substantial ways. Program Manager.

2018 234

5 Strategies to Improve Team Productivity on Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Sharing round a link to one more ’10 ways to be more productive’ article just isn’t making change happen. Do the hard stuff and manage out people who are underperforming. I’d love to say the answer is to introduce a team productivity tool (especially as I literally wrote the book on collaboration tools for project managers). And we want to make those habits sustainable. Be the change you want to see. Make changes slowly.

The Project Management Consultant

Arras People

What is a project management consultant? Late last year I did a session for the PMI Virtual Talent Management Conference (it’s still available on demand until March 2016). “ 65% of project management consultants do in fact carry out two things – they advise and they do, i.e., they also deliver the project or ‘solution’ too. Those roles you see on job boards for contractors at £xx / day are by and large not project management consultant roles.

Ask A PM: How to Convince My Team to Use Time Tracking


The most difficult aspect is changing people’s perception and getting buy in to do the timesheets. In the past, managing and reporting time was never required, but our company has moved on in project management maturity and in the work we do. However, the good news is that it’s like any organizational change. Plan how you are going to introduce the change to working practice including a good ‘story’ about why the change is necessary.

2019 86

Scrum vs Kanban vs Agile vs Waterfall – A side-by-side comparison


Multiple efficient project management frameworks and methodologies have been introduced over the years to ensure effective team management and collaboration in a workplace. Usually, professionals new to project management may find it confusing to clarify their concepts regarding these methods. According to a study by Forbes , 49 percent of the top managers surveyed by Forbes claim that the main reason for Scrum being successful is due to its focus on customers.

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