Friday, June 6, 2014

Is Change the Main Purpose of Every Project

Change is the vehicle, not the purpose of doing a project.

Though change is the only constant, and even the speed of change is accelerated. The question is: Would a change always be necessary? Is change the main purpose of every project? Has the preliminary evaluation of "the process" already been made? If not, wouldn't that be akin to a change looking for a reason?

Projects are not done for the sake of a change, but because a change is required: We don't design and execute projects for the sake of change. Why is a change required? In business, it is to gain increased productivity or to remain competitive or to meet a new customer requirement or to increase the top line growth or to decrease expense...meaning change from what was to something new. We work with the creation, implementation, and revision of strategies, policies, programs and projects, processes, mergers, alliances, partnerships, outsourcing contracts,... some amount of change is essential in all of them.

Change is the vehicle, not the purpose of doing a project: Change in and of itself is never the reason. Each project will no doubt have an element, process, procedure, associate motivation, win/win requirement, etc., that will require alteration (change), but that does not require the project manager to have change as a primary goal. The true business goals are always related to business growth, customer satisfaction or cost optimization, and then measure twice cut once, know how to measure, monitor and communicate the results of various projects across the enterprise so that all teams can contribute to the process improvement.

Change comes in two forms; good change (improvement) or bad change (deterioration): The good change can drive business growth, and the bad change will deteriorate the business development. Every project is a tool to implement the requirements to reach that ultimate business goal. Companies will generally gather suggestions; determine which are potential opportunities, then assign teams to investigate potential growth opportunities. Project Managers, System Analysis, Financial Planners, etc. are all part of this process.

Therefore, change is the main theme of business today, but it’s not the ultimate business goals or the mighty destination of the organization. And businesses have to groom the change management capability, but not for its own sake, but for achieving business agility and improving business maturity.


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