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Planning and Implementation Methods

Discover how agile methods and structured project management work together to shape change.

In today’s business world, change is inevitable. The key to sustainable success lies in actively shaping this change - and that’s exactly the role of change management. Agile techniques and traditional methods go hand in hand to assist businesses in navigating change.

Design Thinking and Design Sprint are methods that aid in crafting creative solutions for problems. They foster an environment where ideas can flow freely and rely on quick, iterative learning cycles. Similarly, the Google Sprint, an intense, one-week design method, yields rapid results.

A Change Management Plan offers a clear structure for change, while a Communication Plan ensures that all participants are informed and understand the direction of change. The Balanced Scorecard allows viewing company performance from various perspectives, providing a sound basis for decisions.

To structure work and create transparency, tools like Trello Boards or Kanban Boards are commonly used. The Goal setting or OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) method is used to set clear goals and measure progress. Roadmaps offer a visual overview of all activities and planned development.

However, before any planning can start, it’s crucial to gather information. Methods like the Empathy Map or Interviews help understand the needs and challenges of those involved. Specialized analyses, like a culture analysis, allow exploring the existing structures and norms within the company.

Lastly, changing models play a vital role. Models such as ADKAR, Kotter, Kurt Lewin, or Krüger (5 Phases) provide a framework for change management to follow. They help break down the change into manageable stages, systematically steering the process.

The customer, who benefits from the change, always needs to be in the center of your planning activities.
In summary, a mix of agile and traditional methods, supported by effective communication and information tools, holds the key to successful change management. Using the right methods allows businesses not just to manage change, but to seize it as an opportunity for growth and innovation.