Change managers help people survive project jungles
There are lots of elements to project implementation that can leave your head spinning, so let’s clarify this one – what’s the difference between project management and change management?
Keep reading for our definitions and to understand how both enable successful project delivery.
Project managers vs change managers
Fundamentally, a project manager focuses on the processes and activities needed to fulfil the objectives of a project, and a change manager focuses on the people affected by those projects. Change managers complement the project management process by supporting the (sometimes underestimated) human side of the equation, but it is less formulaic than project management. Successful project delivery involves both change management and project management.
A project manager’s role includes:
- Developing delivery plans
- Making sure everyone does what is needed to deliver the project outputs
- Managing, tracking and reporting on progress
- Monitoring benefits
- Highlighting, mitigating, or resolving any risks and issues
A change manager’s role includes:
- Creating a plan to address the gaps from a people perspective
- Managing stakeholders of all levels
- Planning, crafting and issuing communications
- Championing the solutions and generating buy-in
- Engaging people who will be impacted by the change and helping them to understand what is needed for successful implementation
- Supporting and enabling the adoption of solutions across your business
Project managers prepare the solution for your organisation...
...Change managers prepare your organisation for the solution
Although a project manager could (in theory) take on the role of a change manager and vice versa, they are very different skills. Even if you have someone with both sets of skills, they very rarely have time to deliver both roles.
If capacity is the problem, we have both change managers and project managers who are ready to jump into your project and work with your team. To get started, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use our Contact page.
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