Change management remains a continuously evolving discipline that has gained greater focus over the past few years as businesses realise that without being able to successfully manage change, their competitive edge is soon at risk. As the world of change management continues to gather momentum, there are 7 key trends which we predict will carry through in 2018: #1 – Growing support for change management as a discipline Change management has emerged as a key competency for many organisations as senior level stakeholders realise the impact it has on the adoption of new ideas and processes delivered by projects and business initiatives. It’s finally being seen as a non-negotiable for successful implementation rather than an add-on to improve people management. #2 – Broader, company-wide change management application Change management has become a day-to-day consideration across all departments of a business, rather than being “just a project thing”. We’re seeing change management practices being applied for all levels of change, no matter how small or informal. #3 – Increased recognition of the value to the business Although many organisations have already acknowledged the role change management plays in successful delivery, even more recognition is expected to come its way as businesses start focusing on sustained change and change resilience. #4 – Increased demand for change management professionals Of course as support for and application of change management practices grows, companies will need more people to support it. Over the past few years, the number of change management related job openings has increased and will continue to do so in 2018. We also predict an increase in learning & certification options to support this increased demand. #5 – A strong push towards developing internal change capabilities Not all companies will be able to recruit new change management professionals and will therefore look at developing their internal change capabilities through on-the-job training and company sponsored education options. There will also be a need to define organisational change standards that are aligned to the company’s specific needs. #6 – Integration with project management practices Project managers have recognised the key role that change management plays in project success. The two disciplines are no longer working as silos, but are in fact becoming more integrated. We’ve seen how formal change management methodologies are being incorporated into the broader project plan and how change management professionals now play an integral role in the project team. #7 – Rapid development of digital change tools Expect more and more change assessment, simulation and planning tools to hit the market this year as organisations start searching for better ways to visualise & share change plans, identify change risks & hot spots, and create a holistic view of all change activities across the organisation. As you can see, there are some exciting times ahead for the change management industry. If this is an area you feel you need some assistance with please Get in touch. We’re always happy to discuss your specific change requirements in order to identify areas where we think we can make the biggest impact.
In a world where remote teams, flexi working hours and international resourcing have become the norm, being able to collaborate effectively has become slightly more challenging. There’s a lot to be said about face-to-face interaction, but with so many great online collaboration tools entering the market, you can create that same synergy without the need to be in the same room. But when trying to select the right tool, you may find yourself overwhelmed by choice with so many options flooding the internet month-by-month. At Analyze, we’ve had a good look around and have settled on the following as our top 5: Yammer: Yammer acts as a private social network for your business. It’s great for sharing updates across various teams, departments and locations, and your employees can organise and filter information by creating different groups. Employees will sign up using their company email address after which they can access Yammer via the web, their desktop or laptop or even their phone. You also have the option to chat openly or privately, share docs and like each other’s statuses and updates. Think of it as Facebook, but way more productive of course. Slack: Slack has quickly become the hip new kid on the block as far as online communication tools go. Slack uses the concept of “channels” to help organise business conversations. Employees can subscribe to one or multiple channels where they can have real-time conversations that never gets lost. It reduces the need for lengthy meetings & endless emails and ensures that all communications are stored in one central place and that nobody gets left out of the loop. They also have fun add-ons, like “HeyTaco!” where employees can reward tacos to other team members for a job well done. It helps to build relationships while also supporting informal employee recognition. Skype: Not exactly an exciting newcomer to the scene, Skype of course has been around for quite some time, but over the years it certainly has become a powerful business tool. It remains to be the biggest VOIP platform on the market and the best part is that it’s free. It’s group call feature is great for getting a group of up to 25 people from different locations (and even different time zones) together into one virtual boardroom. Basecamp: Basecamp is a project management tool aimed at small to medium business who are looking for a better way to organise their project work. It brings everything your company’s working on into one central space, giving you a clear view of what everyone’s working on at any given time. It also has a to-dos areas for tracking work, a message board for posting updates, a “campfire” chat room, a schedule area for tracking project timelines, a documents & files space and an automatic check-in option to get feedback from your team. Google Docs: Google Docs is one of the easiest ways to share, edit & collaborate on all kinds of documents online. Multiple people can work on the same document at the same time from multiple locations, editing in real-time while chatting and commenting along the way. Changes are saved automatically and a revision history is kept of all changes, sortable by date & person. What could be easier than that? Want to pick our brains about improving your team’s online collaboration abilities? Get in touch.