Step 5: Planning for the Change
This involves creating a specific, written work plan for getting from the current state to the desired state. This involves answering the question …”how will we get there”? Like any plan, a change plan needs specific steps or actions, who will do them, by when.
As a change initiator, you do not have to have a detail plan created at this point. The plan gets created by the change team you put together to help you manage the change. However, what you need to consider at this point is the critical elements that need to be included in the plan.
A change plan typically has three (4) sub-parts … a plan for:
1. Launching the Change
- How will the change be communicated to those impacted or involved?
- Who are the most trusted and credible people to communicate this plan?
- How will we ensure everyone gets a consistent message about the need for change, the urgency, the vision, the current reality, and the plan?
- What kinds of forums will we create to ensure people have an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns?
- What kinds of training might be needed? How will the training be conducted?
Notes: What are your thoughts regarding how to launch and communicate the change?
2. Establishing Early Momentum
- What initial projects, steps should be undertaken to establish early momentum and visible progress toward the goals of the change? (Breakthrough projects to establish quick wins)
- What are the steps and activities that will be needed to implement the change successfully?
- What are the feedback mechanisms to monitor progress and keep the change on track?
- What resources will be needed? (Time, manpower, money)
Notes: What are your thoughts regarding how to establish momentum for the change?
3. Implementing and Managing the Change
Notes: What are your thoughts regarding how to implement and manage the change?
4. Sustaining the Change
Notes: What are your thoughts regarding how to sustain
- What will be done to ensure the change lasts? How will systems, values, and rewards be aligned to support the change?