Is Rapid Agile Change Management Right for You?

It has been about three years since we launched our  Rapid Agile Change Management (RACM) course, which aims to benefit anyone involved in overseeing organisational change.

Designed to combine the elements of Agile development, and functional frameworks of change management, RACM achieves a synthesis of the best benefits of both systems. Today, we’re outlining some basics on RACM to find out if it’s right for you. If it is, Project Laneways is the practitioner you’re looking for to help guide you into the digital-first future.

The Core Elements of Agile

The original Agile manifesto was conceived to overcome the shortcomings of more traditional workflow processes—specifically their rigidity. This means Agile work pipelines look different from conventional processes. Agile puts people first, focusing on individual members of the team and their interpersonal interactions, rather than focusing on abstract processes and tools. This allows customers to be made part of the Agile workflow.

Agile also hinges on fast responses to shifting goal-posts. There is no pre-defined blueprint to follow, as plans that need to be followed to the letter often don’t make provisions for the unexpected. Agile prioritises flexibility, problem-solving, and collaboration to overcome obstacles; team members, clients, and other departments are all kept in constant contact by the system.

Traditionally, Agile also focuses primarily on working solutions, structured around helping development teams stay ahead of the curve. But here at Project Laneways, we take the cornerstones of Agile and apply them to change management in a way that boosts effectiveness exponentially.

Combining Agile and Change Management

RACM can be applied in many contexts, but one of the more common ones is change initiatives with a high IT content. These provide a number of great examples of how RACM can shake-up standard practice and deliver better results—faster.

To begin with, rather than modelling ahead out of habit, we model ahead only as far as you absolutely need to in development. This lets you stay mutable and malleable for incoming change requests, and priority changes.

Another benefit is drawn from collaboration, not just within your teams or with your stakeholders, but with your customers too. After all, they are the driving force behind your product.

Ultimately, what you want is to promote efficiency of change rather than control over it. Rewiring your team to view changes as positive rather than obstacles takes some work but puts your team lightyears ahead of the game.

Finally, creating solid guidelines to facilitate the above is important. Daily meetings are popular for a reason; they give everyone involved a jumping-off point for all the other routines and habits you want to establish in order to promote fast progress.

Is Rapid Agile Change Management right for you?

When you make the call to help speed changes along, rather than trying to avoid them, you create the space needed to build truly adaptable teams. This leads to shorter loops of customer feedback, and faster overall delivery. With the right balance, RACM can truly transform your workflow.

Can you keep up with the accelerating world of change management?

The Project Laneways Rapid Agile Change Management course is a new two-day course without exams, designed specifically to address common change management issues in an agile environment.

The RACM approach was developed by Dan Skelsey, a contributing author to CMI’s Change Management Body of Knowledge, an editor and contributing author of The Effective Change Manager’s Handbook, and a contributing author to theLocal Change Agents Handbook. The RACM approach synthesizes discussions about the issues and solutions with a range of change management and agile practitioners working across several industries.

Interested in a Project Laneways course? Take a look at the reviews!

Dan was a brilliant facilitator and really made sense of how Change Management works in an Agile workplace.”

– Charlotte

Important Note: There is less than 5% overlap with the standard Change Management Foundation and Practitioner courses.  The RACM course looks at how to blend well known change techniques with agile techniques to produce a flexible and rapid change management response to a set of shifting priorities and fast-moving agile delivery.

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