Organizational Change Management is increasingly becoming an indispensable tool as organizations attempt to thrive during periods of great change. Each organization is defined by its own set of roles, processes, values, pattern of communication, and conventions, and changing an organization’s culture is as challenging as it is confusing.

Organizations are increasingly recognizing that Change Management (CM) methodology offers great benefits to an Agile workforce. So, how does an organization integrate Organizational Change Management (OCM) and Agile? Let us find out.

Be open to the idea of altering plans according to changing circumstances

Building on the agile value of experimentation, CM can encourage constant learning within the organization. It is important to understand that culture is not stagnant, and that continuous improvement and value can be generated through dedicated feedback loops. 

Work iteratively with focus on shorter iterations

It is extremely important to constantly take note of what’s working and what is not as becoming Agile is a lot about constant adjustments. Rather than a phased CM process, find ways in which you can deliver value in short iterations. This can help boost a team's morale and help an organization discover its own processes that prove most effective in aiding uninterrupted improvement and learning. 

Focus on delivering value

It is important that an organization transitions from measuring value by milestones and cost to measuring value to the customer and/or organization. It is important to focus, evolve and prioritize high-value activities. Early delivery helps gather speedy feedback, reduce waste, and minimize the risk of investing in unverified and untested solutions. 

Embed a CM practitioner in to the Agile team

Large initiatives which involve substantial changes should integrate a CM practitioner within the team. A CM team member can help integrate deliverables into projects 

Ensure that your stakeholders know why things are changing

CM teams have to help users understand how and when to integrate Agile tools and software into their existing mode of operations, and present a convincing proposition about how the organization will derive value from the alterations.