Agile Change Management

Change is always and everywhere. This is something we’ve (almost) grown accustomed to. After all, there used to be a time when we were under the illusion of experiencing self-contained change processes. Today, the changes flow smoothly into one another. Has classic change management worn itself out?

September 23, 2019

by Maren Borggräfe

Will the things we currently refer to as “change management” still be a viable and helpful concept in the future? How do we deal with constant change on a small scale? What can managers do to promote continuous adaptation to changes in surroundings as well as the effectiveness of employees’ own advances in learning and knowledge within their company?

Maren Borggräfe and Marco Olavarria sought answers to these questions and presented their findings in their article: “Change Management – Veränderung in dynamischen Zeiten agil bewältigen” [“Change management – An agile approach to managing change in dynamic times”]. Here, they bridge the gap between classic change management geared around major change projects, on the one hand, and agile approaches to constant change on a small scale on the other.


Change management must transform itself

The authors conclude that change management still suits major large transformation processes that call for cultural change. But we cannot use change management to cope with the challenges presented by a digitalized and globalized world. Here the path leads through permanent adaptation. This is why change management itself must evolve as well – toward steady change management to promote and empower continuous change in small steps.

The various agile approaches offer a wealth of opportunities to develop steady change management that is firmly embedded in the organization. In their article, Borggräfe and Olavarria present specific principles and tools for use in providing agile facilitation of change. The success factor is an agile mindset and thus continuous learning at different learning levels.

Read the full article here.

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