Project Management Is Change Management

When you start a project your goal is to end up with a different future than you would have from your current trajectory. Creating a different future often isn’t the hard part. The hard part usually is getting people to change.

When you start a project, you have a vision of the future. You can lay out all of the steps to get there. You can do all of the work, but if you haven’t helped people change their hearts, your project results will never take root.

Delivering a project is like building a house. You can plan it, execute the plan, monitor the work, and concretely see the results. But if you don’t get anyone to move in, your project will never realize the end goal of the project.

Project Management is change management. It’s about helping people step from the past into the new future.