Structuring the Change Process
MET AD 646: Program Management
The purpose of this paper is to analyze two philosophers quote as it relates to program management and project change management.
“If you do not change direction you may end up where your heading”- Lao Tsu
Many of us are afraid of change. We establish daily routines and, over time, become comfortable with our patterns of behavior. To change is to take a risk - to give up a current state in an attempt to reach a potential more desirable one. We tend to resist change. We may fear failure or be uncomfortable with the uncertainty surrounding change. Projects are no different. Over time, the project team becomes comfortable with their daily tasks; processes become embedded in the inner workings of the organization and people start to lack creativity (Trabizi, 2013). Change is inevitable in projects because that is why we create projects— to innovate, advance a new idea, and explore new ground (Greiman, 2013).
In most projects, the time allocated is short, making it difficult to research solutions thoroughly. Ideally, you need to make decisions based on having identified all the important constraints. However, in practice it is rarely the case that there is sufficient time to research all options rigorously. If an issue occurs that means a major change in direction is required. When the decision to change direction is proposed, the PM must take careful consideration for communicating a change of solution to key stakeholders (Martin, 2011).
“We see the world the way we do not because that is the way it is, but because we have these ways of seeing”- Ludwig Wittgenstein
The way we see things is affected by what we know and what we believe. Also, the way we view change, affects the approach to change.
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