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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