“When employees resist change, it isn’t because they’re stupid. It’s because they’re smart,” says Bob Lewis. Bob is the president of IT Catalysts and author of Bare Bones Project Management: What you can’t not do and Bare Bones Change Management: What you shouldn’t not do. With titles like this, how could you not buy these books?
Since 1996, when he started his “Survival Guide” column in InfoWorld, Bob has been in the forefront of a guerrilla movement in how businesses should design and plan change, and how the IT function should relate to the rest of the enterprise. This movement rejects the orthodoxy of “running IT as a business” that delivers technology to “internal customers,” replacing it with an integrated view of IT, in which, as a peer with the rest of the business, it actively collaborates in the design, planning, and implementation of business improvement and transformation.
Interesting podcast as we discuss not only project and change management but as an award-winning author of more than a thousand articles and ten books, how he gets it all done.
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Bob has recently teamed up with David Anderson (David recently appeared on a Business901 podcast, Change is Best when it Evolves) to present a 2-day workshop on Business Change Management. This will include topics specific to Agile and Lean transition initiatives. They examine the source of organizational resistance to change, describe the seven components of an effective business change management plan, and show how to go beyond a “Managed Transition” to achieve both Evolutionary Change and discontinuous, “fork lift” change. More information on the workshop can be found at Business Change Management.. Workshop Dates: Washington DC – October 29-30, 2012 Los Angeles, CA December 3-4, 2012