CHANGE MANAGEMENT TRENDS FOR 2020
- Feb 13, 2020
How are organizations going to adopt Change Management this year? And next year? And in 2020? And how will the Change Management discipline respond?
1. Increased Awareness and Support
Since 2007, the main trend has been a greater understanding of the value of Change Management. As Change Management continues to deliver results dependent on people on projects and initiatives, it is gaining greater acceptance and credibility as a discipline. In addition to simply understanding the value of Change Management, organizations are recognizing the need for it as an essential competency.
We have seen an increase in support from senior leadership, noting that executives now have a greater understanding of their role in change and a strong desire to be active and visible sponsors. With this senior-level support, project managers and initiative leaders are able to implement change initiatives more effectively and the benefits are speaking for themselves.
2. Wider and more frequent application
- Greater number of employees involved in Change Management;
- Focus on creating Change Management capacity at all levels of the organization;
- Use of Change Management in informal changes;
- Change management as a requirement rather than an option.
Also of great importance, we report the integration of Change Management with project management. This integration contributed to more projects meeting or exceeding the objectives. Project managers are recognizing the fundamental role that
Change Management plays in the success of the project, and the two disciplines are working together. To support this increase in the Change Management application, many organizations choose to use formal Change Management methodologies that provide structure and consistency, allowing for easy adoption. This approach provides a common language and set of tools, making the application accessible and viable for each level of the organization and for each individual.
3. Increased maturity in managing changes
With the increase in the application of Change Management and the growing support for discipline, organizations are finding it necessary to hire more and more Change Management professionals.
More than just the creation of permanent positions, this increase also refers to the development of a Change Management office or another dedicated functional group, focused exclusively on the work of changes. Today, many change managers perform Change Management only as part of their job. Seeing emerging positions entirely dedicated is a huge step forward for the discipline.
4. Honorable Mention: Greater need for education and training
More than ever, there is a growing need for knowledgeable and experienced Change Management professionals.
- Training sessions designed for change leaders;
- Formal training events in Change Management;
- Training for wider audiences;
- Integration of Change Management training into existing learning and development programs.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
There are exciting times ahead for the Change Management discipline and its professionals! With trends in Change Management, practitioners can expect the discipline to evolve and thrive. With the increase in the application of Change Management, more widespread adoption of its proven methodology and growing interest in education and training, the discipline is ready to transform the business world.