The PLAN Phase – A Critical Roadmap to Success
by Shannon Stautberg
Every successful project starts with a common factor – a plan. Whether it’s the construction of a new house, the implementation of an enterprise-wide system or the creation of a piece of art, a plan is critical to a project’s success. The same is true for projects that involve change management. Getting people ready, willing and able to work in new ways requires a plan.
Planning change management activities requires you to do two things: (1) assess your needs and (2) develop a plan.
1. Assessing Needs: Identifying stakeholders, evaluating if leaders are aligned around a common vision and estimating how much effort will be required to help people understand and adopt a change are necessary to steps in defining the change management activities that should occur.
2. Developing a Plan: Developing a change management plan requires you to map out communications, leadership involvement and workforce transition activities. An effective plan also identifies who will perform these activities and when they should occur.
A Few Change Guides Planning Tools
Click on the icon below to see two of our frequently used “Planning” tools.
The Stakeholder Analysis defines the people who are critical to a successful change and
assesses their current and desired levels of support.
The Change Management Workplan lists the change management activities, estimating effort required and tracking progress.
Why is “Planning” So Important?
All too often, people make the mistake of skipping the “plan” phase. Instead, they jump feet first into doing the work they think should be done to get people on board with a change. While taking the time to engage in thoughtful planning does take time and resources, creating a plan is much more than an exercise. It’s the tactical road map to achieving the ultimate vision and goals of the project. Without a plan, you’re more likely to hit roadblocks and unnecessary detours. Don’t take shortcuts…take the time to plan!