How Successful Organizations implement Change (PMI)


Book Title:    How Successful Organizations implement Change
Authors:  Emad E. Aziz and Wanda Curlee
Publisher:  Project Management Institute (PMI®)
List Price:   $44.95
Format:  Soft Cover
Publication Date:   2017    
ISBN: 978-1-62825-386-3
Reviewer:     Anne Dacy Ecklin, PMP
Review Date:   04/18



Larger scale implementation initiatives require the adherence to change management disciplines as an important way to improve the odds for a successful outcome. Failure to prepare the organization for upcoming changes, failure to engage the right audiences, or failure to capture and measure project or program benefits can result in a real or perceived failure of the initiative.   Employing change management disciplines can avoid a situation where the ‘operation’ was successful, but the ‘patient’ died.

Successful enterprises integrate Organizational Change Management with the Project Management and Program Management activities which are being carried out to ensure that the right activities are happening with the right stakeholders and to also make certain that effective teams are working towards common goals which are in turn supporting organizational strategic imperatives.   Organizations today need to be responsive, agile, and able to capitalize on opportunities in order to gain a competitive advantage.  This comprehensive reference tome is able to provide solid foundational understanding of the importance of Organizational Change Management for key initiatives.  It also illuminates the practical aspects of change by providing techniques and examples of templates and key activities required to support change objectives.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is a compendium of Organizational Change Management topics organized into fourteen chapters.  Different, highly knowledgeable subject matter experts author each chapter.  At the beginning, the reader obtains an overview of the history of Organizational Change Management in the Project Management and Program Management profession from the years 1969 to 2015.  The following chapters provide readers with perspectives on change triggers, how organization agility can be a catalyst for change and the role of program, portfolio, and project management in organizational change.

Following these topics, the change process in practice is surveyed and this chapter covers change management as a practice and provides a concise view of the key change concepts and the importance of putting the proper context around change and managing change as a programmed discipline.


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About the Reviewer

Anne Dacy Ecklin

Texas, USA


Anne Dacy Ecklin
is with SAP America as a Delivery Executive dedicated to Human Capital Management program delivery.  She was previously a Partner in the SAP practice for IBM where she focused on delivering excellent customer outcomes for Human Resources implementation clients who utilized SAP HCM On Premise in addition to the SuccessFactors Suite of products. Prior to that her experience includes a previous tour of duty at SAP America as one of the first SAP HR consultants working in the US.

With over 25 years’ experience in the software industry, consulting delivery, product management, and sales; Anne has a deep background in global ERP Software Implementations, Program Management, Project Management, and Product Management, with a strong emphasis on Human Resources global deployments. In addition, Anne has domain expertise in the process and change management areas.  She has worked with Life Sciences, Consumer Products, Retail, High Tech, and Public Sector clients.  Some of her previous clients have included Harley-Davidson, Brooks Brothers, VSP, Abbott Labs, Heinz, Telefonica of Spain, and Pepsi International.


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