7 November 2010

When initiating change consider this

Before beginning a project, a change request or any other sort of initiative consider these three questions:
  • What is the problem or opportunity before us?
  • Why is it important to us?
  • How should we measure the change?
By considering your idea against these three categories you get (at least) the following benefits;
  • You avoid picking a solution prematurely
  • You understand it’s strategic importance to the organisation
  • You are able to provide a baseline for measuring improvements and the cost of doing nothing.

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps the simpler more direct question to ask is "does this change go to solving the problem?" The project is solving a problem. Does the change help solve it or is it something thrown in because you are working in that functional area? Assuming you have defined the problem and everyone agrees it is a problem that needs to be solved, asking if the change aligns with the solution implies that, if incorporated, the change may interfere with the planned solution. The implied question when the change does not go to solving the problem at hand is "Do you want to solve the we are trying to solve, or do you want this change?