Author - Ralitza Zikatanova

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The Costs of Struggling or Failing Projects
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How Do Nonprofits View Change?
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Essential Elements: The Project Sponsor
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What is Change Management?

The Costs of Struggling or Failing Projects

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The costs of struggling or failing projects is very real and can result in both short and long-term impact on an organization’s ability to deliver its mission. This shouldn’t come as a surprise–every initiative costs time and resources. What are often a surprise are the less obvious costs that enter the equation as a complex implementation initiative starts to struggle. As a project’s risk of failure increases, it becomes difficult to establish a clear, objective viewpoint. It’s common for teams to scramble for solutions as well as find someone to blame for the problems they are encountering.

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How Do Nonprofits View Change?

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It’s nearing the end of the year, and many nonprofits are their busiest during this quarter. With all of the year-end campaigns, fundraising activities, and general calendar-year close going on, it can be a time when an organization can feel at capacity. To make sure that no one burns out, organizations plan carefully to make sure that every task is assigned appropriately and that all that hard work is rewarded with bowls of chocolates or even a morning celebration when the year-end fundraising goal gets surpassed.

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Essential Elements: The Project Sponsor

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In any successful technology implementation, there is an engaged and active project sponsor. This is the person who is the driving force behind the initiative, leading, sustaining, cajoling, and sometimes dragging the organization through an often challenging process. Depending on the organization culture, they can be the technical lead who is respected for their deep system knowledge, or they can be the relationship wrangler, the person who can easily speak with every team member and department. Regardless of their skills, an effective sponsor, or often a sponsorship team, is someone who is trusted and respected.

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What is Change Management?

What is Change Management

Change is inherent in the nature of nonprofit work. Organizations must be agile and efficient in the work they do to reach the short term goals that allow them to accomplish their ultimate missions. Changes range in scope from the personal to a project level, and can even grow to impact the entire organization. We’ve all come to expect the day-to-day changes that appear without warning:

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