The purpose of the Implementation Risk Assessment

The risk assessment is intended to:

  • detect implementation concerns early
  • develop strategies to start preparing for the change
  • identify special implementation planning requirements


Types of information gathered:

To gain an understanding of the change implementation risk that your company faces, we need to answer the following questions:

What is the change ?

  • Is there a strong motivation to initiate change?
  • Is there a clear understanding of the change?
  • Is senior management committed to the change?
  • Do the people making the changes have the required skills?
  • What type of resistance will the change encounter?
  • How effectively can the changes be communicated?
  • Are the measurement and reward systems aligned with the change ?
  • Is training integrated into the change ?
  • Is the current management style consistent with the intended changes?
  • Is the organizational structure aligned with the intended changes?
  • How will performance measures be aligned with the change?
  • How well prepared is ABC CORP. to handle unanticipated events?
  • Is there a transition management plan?
  • Is the culture aligned with the change ?



Typical risks to implementation:

Leading practices for managing large organizational change have identified several potential risks to meeting implementation objectives. Implementation will be at major risk if:

  • There is a perceived lack of commitment at the top
  • Leaders do not accept their role as sponsors
  • There are limited change skills among the managers to predict and manage resistance
  • Resistance to the change is unpredicted and unmanaged
  • The company has a poor history with project implementations
  • Associates at all levels have an unclear vision of the future
  • There is no perceived need for change from the organization
  • The change is in conflict with the current culture
  • There are not adequate channels for communication within the organization


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