Compared to previous decades we can observe that with the digital transformation the frequency of change is getting faster with each passing time. As studies shows of human behavior, we humans are not so good with change. Change is hard for all of us. Even though this aspect is neglected in traditional ways today, agile coaches and trainers are focusing on implementing practices of change with ease on daily basis. It is hard to integrate change management with agile but the results obtained are also way ahead of other approaches. In this article, we will learn in detail about Agile Change Management.
What is Agile Change Management?
Traditionally changes are seen at the end of the significant amount of work or generally seen as only one change. So, only one wave of change management activities is required. But in agile approaches, change is frequent even though every change brings a small amount of change, in business. In agile, multiple waves of change are required to be managed. Agile change management ensures that the change management provides the best production line or activities that continuously deliver solid change. This change is provided in form of functionality and features.
Benefits of Agile Change Management
• It offers early wins in business
• Provides consistent communication
• Engages senior leaders in almost every step
• Gives primary engagement to change managers.
Compared with a traditional approach, the agile approach of change management provides with
• Project approach of continuous improvement
• Is iterative
• Mainly focused on software development
• Highlights adaptation along the project lifecycle.
The practices that differ from the traditional way in agile change management are as below
Approach– The approach should be agile by being selective towards activities that provide higher value.
Employee Engagement– Engagement of employees is more towards an agile culture that is more engaging and interactive but less formal.
Resources– It should be changed based on the agile development efforts and ready to hinge created on employee impact of working phase.
Finance- Financer must adapt and understand the agile mindset. They must be more efficient and accurate as a participant in agile.
Middle Manager Engagement-Managers must be fully tooled with resources, trained in agile, and should communicate face to face.
Collaborating with project management-Both the project management and change management teams must integrate at an early stage and should communicate and collaborate at a higher level also.
Training– It should be provided frequently with focus, precision and delivered on time.
Communication– It requires precision and increased frequency aligning with agile processes. It must also be managed to avoid overload.
Resistance Management-There should be a resistance management plan with increased communication to build both agile and project buy-in.
Reinforcement– To meet the iterative approach reinforcement is frequently required.
As the use of agility in every aspect is growing and by adopting agile change management in agile organizations, it will support the usage and adoption required for achieving real results.