Project Management

The more things change, the more they stay the same

When doing some research for Classics Rock today, I found an old TechMail tip we sent out in April 2000 concerning change management. Unsurprisingly, its a topic we still deal with 8 years after that tip was written. Check out the tip here and see its relevance today.

One of the things I like to do in my Classics Rock blog is to bring back content that we created back in the dawn of TechRepublic to show how little has actually changed in the IT field. Often times, tips which we created for old versions of Office or Windows 8 years ago still work with Office 2007 and Windows Vista today.

When I was looking back at some of the old tips, I found this one from TechRepublic's old Tech Perspective Email dated 4/28/2000:



This week's Tech Perspective:


Read Gartner's Tech Perspective on change management for IT.

Many leaders find organizational change management processes

uncomfortably nebulous. We discuss common organizational behavior

cycles that help demystify the dynamics of change.

Change management is fundamentally about understanding how change

affects organizational behavior. Because those behaviors are rooted in

emotional and psychological responses, many leaders find them difficult

to manage. Understanding that there is an underlying consistency to

many of these behaviors helps demystify them so they can be proactively


Effective change management strategies incorporate an understanding of

these common behaviors in deciding change initiative priorities, scope,

and scheduling, and they include explicit activities to manage the

phases of these cycles as they occur throughout the change execution


The need to manage change in your organization is one of those things that hasn't... er... changed in all this time. Nor will it change any time soon.

Unfortunately, the original Gartner Tech Perspective document is long gone from TechRepublic. It probably disappeared after CNET Networks bought TechRepublic from Gartner. That said, you can still find plenty of change management content on TechRepublic.


what's your point dude :)

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

Was simply like I said. Everyone talks about 'change' as if it's something new that needs to be done. The original post pointed out that Gartner talked about the need to be able to manage change 8 years ago. The phrase 'managing change' has become cliched. Change requires action, action requires planning. Theoretically, good IT managers are constantly planning and changing technology goals in the organization.

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

After this election cycle is over, hopefully we can retire the word 'change' from the English language. Even so, change management is a significant problem we face in IT. We mentioned the issue of change management back with a TechMail tip from April 2000 which I mentioned in the Decision Central blog: This is one of those areas of IT management that's reasonably constant. How does your organization deal with change?

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