Change 101 for Project Managers

Change is the only constant both in nature and in project management. We are biologically structured to adapt to change and to deal with it. Good managers not only understand that change is inevitable, they expect it and are therefore, better equipped to deal with it. Successful project managers know that they are expected to manage within a changing environment and within changing structures. They cannot be so rigid in their thinking that any change derails their ability to manage, lead and deploy resources.

To a large extent, you have to be energized by the fact that the environment is changing. It’s a challenge but it is also an opportunity. If we do not lock-in our thinking and we accept new ideas, new inputs and logically think through new assumptions, we will find that we can evolve greatly as project managers. If the client announces that budgetary constraints have changed the way a project will be phased, it is up to the project manager to identify the associated risks and the possible outcomes which the change will bring. The wrong approach would be to battle the change solely based on inertia of prior thought. Just because your team was successful along one previous path does not mean that other, perhaps better paths, exist. 

Our passion for project management demands that we remain open-minded and willing to look at new approaches and new concepts. Change not only brings incredible learning, but holds the possibility of revitalizing our teams and our organizations. It also is the path for personal and professional growth.

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