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Is your team committed to your project? One question will tell you!

Posted By Melinda Starkweather, Monday, October 19, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Do you have a technical project on the horizon? Is your current project jammed up? Are you coming up to a deadline and want to make sure everyone is on board?

This simple question from change management expert Andrew Ravenscroft will give you instant insight into how your team is feeling about your project: “Does this feel like   a business project or an IT project?”


If your teammates in accounting, membership or events feel like your new implementation is just “an IT” thing, chances are, they won’t spend too much time or energy on it—even if they need to.


The answer to this question will tell you if you’ve done your job as a leader creating a vision that everyone understands. You’ll also learn if your team needs more education about the purpose of your project.


If your team feels like the project was initiated to serve an important business goal, and their key performance indicators will be facilitated by it, they are more likely to cooperate than if they feel like IT is just installing cutting edge technology.


If team members answer that your project is “just an IT thing” then you have work to do.


1. Explain how the project will help them. Be specific.

2. If their position isn’t specifically improved, explain how the project will help the organization as a whole.

3. If the project is causing disruption, address that, and provide a date by which that disruption should end.

4. If your team member is not onboard because he is intimidated by the technology learning curve, address that.

5. Create reinforcements and motivators for cooperating with the project initiatives

6. Ask more questions. Maybe this is part of a larger issue that has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with how the team isn’t working well together.



Melinda Starkweather, CMP

Bringing big change management ideas to smaller organizations

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