How Successful Organizations Implement Change


Book Title:    How Successful Organizations Implement Change
Authors:         Emad E. Aziz and Wanda Curlee
Publisher:      Project Management Institute (PMI®)
List Price:      $ 44.95
Format:  354 pages, soft cover
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978-1-62825-386-3
Reviewer:      Rex B. Reagan, PMP
Review Date: April 2018



How Successful Organizations Implement Change is a well thought-out, extremely well organized, and profound look at Organizational Change.  The authors, and noted contributors, take Organizational Change a step further and much deeper by clearly stating the benefits and potential minefields to businesses in a complex and sometimes volatile environment, where strategies may often become, or redirected, realigned to fit within the organizational climate.  This book is a collaborative effort of a team of well-known, respected, and accomplished parishioners and not just scholars.  These are operators who have truly “been there and done that” and have accomplished their change and project management objectives successfully.

The proposed change cannot be accomplished without a strong and compelling vision.  It is said that vision is a picture of the future and why people should strive to create that future. While the book is not based on “vision”, it is paramount that this element of change be a foundational principle of change and without a clear vision, then the risk of solving current challenges and not attain the desired and needed change as originally planned.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is presented in three (3) parts:

Part 1 provides a history of project management and how it has evolved to include and facilitate organizational change.  The book especially devotes attention to the complexities that surround organizational change and the inherent negative and positive benefits from this change.  The companies and organizations that are able and capable of adapting to change will often stand a greater probability of succeeding where those who cannot, will not, or do not, will likely not succeed to the degree sought.

Part 2 addresses the more personal part of Change with affects to leadership and employees.  The influence of innovation (demonstrated by Agile approaches)  will also show how these methodologies may benefit organizational change.  The role of Stakeholders is addressed and the necessity for gauging their impact upon this change.  Change cannot be measured without metrics and key measurements are discussed in Part 2.

Part 3 is critical in that the actual and pragmatic approach to a change team is addressed.  This includes constructing a change team, its leadership, and sponsorship.  Communication is discussed as a critical ingredient and the importance of how the role of technology may often drive change.


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About the Reviewer

Rex B. Reagan

Washington, DC, USA


Rex B. Reagan
, PMP is a project manager with the Loch Harbour Group, He is a Project Management Professional, ITIL, Agile International Consortium, and is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified. He is also a retired U.S. Navy commander (Supply Corps) and former Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security Federal senior manager. He has his masters degree in financial management from American University in Washington, DC, and is a graduate of the Naval War College.