W hy one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to methodologies.
For a business considering a change management project, choices for a change management methodology are myriad and even conflicting. The discipline of change management uses a bunch of skills, tools, templates and models as well as in-depth processes that assure the integration of new processes and new systems but it is daunting to make changes on an organisational level, and parsing the best choices for a change management methodology is challenging.
Whether or not you want to use a partner to plan and implement the change or use your in-house resources with help and direction from a Change Management Coach, you may want to know a little about what methodologies exist for change management, in order to better understand the best approaches for your particular business.
But, and you’ll hear this a lot from me – your business is unique. The goal of change methodologies and models is to provide guiding principles and repeatable processes rather than a procedural set-in-stone model, in order to provide flexibility and clarity because change projects can be too fluid to support that.
Linear processes are wonderful for understanding the structure and approaches to change but in reality, best practices have actually moved to iterative models that are more flexible and focused on progress. Models adapted must be able to control for unpredictability as there tend to be several ‘unknown unknowns’ in a change project. One size does not fit all but most important, just one model may not be sufficient and a hybrid approach may be efficacious.