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Project Change Management

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It’s February, and the change of seasons is fast approaching, so now seemed like a great time to talk about Change Management. Change management is a complex, and often overlooked, component of projects. It’s critical, however, to understand that change must be managed since it is an inherent part of every project.

This piece from The Balance gives a nice in-depth overview with clear examples of how PM’s navigate and manage formal (and informal) changes on their projects.

See you in the Spring.

The Benefits of RACI Charting

 

This month’s article is all about RACI charting. What is a RACI chart? How can it help project success and other organizational initiatives? Let’s start by looking at a few common scenarios posed in this excellent guide by Royston Morgan from UK-based Project Smart.

 

RACI is an acronym that stands for responsible, accountable, consulted and informed.

A RACI chart is a matrix of all the activities or decision making authorities undertaken in an organization set against all the people or roles. At each intersection of activity and role it is possible to assign somebody responsible, accountable, consulted or informed for that activity or decision.

When you hear these types of comments in an organization a RACI Analysis may be overdue:

  • ‘My boss always overrules my decisions whenever she wants’.
  • ‘The approval process for even the simplest item takes so long today’.
  • ‘It seems everyone is putting together a spreadsheet on the same data’.
  • ‘Things are always slipping through the cracks’.
  • ‘I have the responsibility, but not the authority to get the job done’.

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