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Regardless of the difficulty, complex change initiatives are happening far more frequently in businesses around the world. Risks and opportunities are appearing more often in today’s markets, and businesses with the capacity to undertake and sustain organizational change have the potential to enjoy major gains in terms of reputation and ROIs. Events like the COVID-19 pandemic have also stressed the need for embedded change management practices in case of unforeseen challenges.
The main difference is in their use of Agile. Change Management acknowledges agile ways of working but puts a great deal of emphasis on leaders and stakeholders. Leaders should engage with teams to alleviate issues, and stakeholder engagement is a major priority. AgileSHIFT, on the other hand, is more about empowering individuals to support and initiate change initiatives, with much less emphasis on their seniority.
Change management is an expansive topic (hardly surprising given its importance), and, as such, there are different types of change that require different change strategies to lead them effectively.
If a change initiative is handled poorly, it is likely to generate even more resistance from those at different levels of a business, including employees, managers, executives, and high-level stakeholders. This can end up creating roadblocks for the initiative or may even limit the resulting benefits.
Whereas change or transformation initiatives previously have focused on benefits and technical requirements, modern approaches focus far more on the people that support, resist, and endure the effects of changes. Whatever a proposed initiative might say on paper, the only way for any change to hit the ground running is to have sufficient support and insight from those who keep the organization running.
As is often the case with popular ways of doing things, both Agile and DevOps are often treated as buzzwords, typically by organizations that want to enjoy the benefits but do not understand what either approach entails, let alone whether they would make suitable choices. So, what is Agile? What is DevOps? How are they different, and how can they complement one another?
One of the primary themes of AgileSHIFT is establishing a permanent culture of enterprise agility. As the last several years have shown, opportunities for change can appear constantly if you know how to look for them