In an actively managed transformation, the main goal is to synchronize the project process and change instruments down to the last detail.
We align the technical solution, also known as the build of the solution, as well as test campaigns and hypercare support to the accompanying learning and adaptation fields. The hypercare support describes an additional and intensive support of applications or systems post go-live.
Three things we must pay special attention to in a well managed transformation:
- Commitment and readiness of the organization as well as management buy-in must be ensured from the start: One of my most important tasks as a consultant is to demand the commitment of the most important stakeholders in the company again and again throughout the entire duration of the project and to support them in making their presence felt in active communication with the employees again and again. If this is not happening, not only the success of the project is at risk, but also the ROI: employees who support and accept the transformation find their new role and new tasks much faster after go-live.
- The business relevance of the transformation is the most important indicator of success: What does the new solution offer us? What does the new process and the changed approach mean for our business, for customer loyalty and customer satisfaction? The performance indicators of a transformation must be business-oriented and in some cases completely redefined in order to measure success. Here, too, I have seen time and again in recent years that those companies are successful that not only clearly define the business relationship, but also communicate it consistently and explain it to their employees. Only those who understand are also in agreement with the change.
- The people as the main actors of the transformation must be taken along - and under no circumstances should they be left behind!
If the transformation weakens in only one of these three dimensions, a small thing can quickly turn into an insurmountable obstacle - instead of celebrating success, escalations must be managed.
Such statements are indicators that something is not right: the entire set-up might be wrong, individual employees or entire teams may have been left behind and "lost" or employees are overwhelmed by the situation and more. How do you get out of such a dilemma?
Participation is a possible magic word - those affected can be made participants: We can let them participate in the project approach and also in the progress of the project. We can and should involve them - not only in the "what?", but especially also in the "why?
Improve without the wagging forefinger
In the course of numerous projects, we have developed various formats to make precisely this participation an integral part of the daily project life.
Our structured walkthroughs (SWT) are a good example of participation.
Pro-active management of the transformation
Employees and organisation are at the core of every measure: in communication, in ensuring business participation during the transformation and during the training in preparation for going live.
In the end, there can and must always be just one project: mine.
And by that I mean: Our joint project, yours and mine!