Change Management can be thought of as the process of changing people’s thought patterns within an organization. Project Management may be envisioned as the pragmatic, practical steps that need to be designed for the change within an organization to take place; usually involving the technical details that are part of the process of change. It is this latter management that most workers are familiar with, and most have had some experience or exposure with some form of Project Management. The importance of Change Management cannot be overstated, and within Change Management is the essentials of communicating the change, and readying the environment for the change, and these are essential ingredients of change. But for most, there has been exposure to the Project Management process; within that process there might be the processes of Change Management built in, but working directly on a Change Management plan is not as familiar.
There are many Project Management processes that may be utilized within organizations creating change. CPM (Critical Path Method) is a type of Project Management process that I have been personally involved in, and might be a Project Management approach that other professionals might be familiar with. It was originally conceived as a “joint venture by DuPont Corporation and Remington Rand Corporation for managing plant maintenance projects” (Watt, 2014), and is a process of finding the longest (in terms of chronological expenses) path that it might take to complete a project. The CPM approach focuses on one of the “project constraints that are competing for your attention. They are cost, scope, quality, risk, resources, and time” (Watt, 2014); time. Watt (2014) also points out that there are four phases involved in a project life cycle; initiation, planning, implementation, and closure. These four phases can take many forms, and are implemented within the framework of the project constraints.
Although the approach might take different forms, Project Management is concerned with the step by step details of the change, while Change Management is a supporting process that allows the Project Management process to move forward and to succeed. One of the major components of Change Management is ensuring the readiness of the environment for change. Within the changes happening within my working group, this is the challenge that faces our leadership. The Project Management plan that is in place was conceived and created prior to the creation or realization of the importance of the creation and implementation of a Change Management process in support of the Project Management process. This is a challenge our team is working on now. Moving forward, the priority of creating both a Change Management plan in tandem with a Project Management plan is a priority for me, and creating space and opportunity for both will be created from the onset.
Watts, A. (2014). Project Management. Victoria, B.C.: BCcampus. Retrieved from https://open- textbc.ca/projectmanagement/.