Change Workshop: Managing Change to Ensure a Technology Project’s Success

It’s a sad truth that as many as 70% of technology projects fail. Active change management is one of the most effective ways to assure widespread adoption and success of new programs and systems. Planning, preparing, and communicating during those changes will remove the fear and frustration and help the organization implement a successful project that brings value across departments.

In this workshop, we will present practical strategies to prepare, communicate, and manage change in your technology project. Attendees will work through scenarios that they can apply to their own organization’s technology project to answer:

  • How do I identify and measure the value of change on my technology project?
  • How do I develop the appropriate communication plan for my project?
  • What is the resistance on my project, and how do I manage this resistance?
  • How do I get support at the beginning and throughout my project?

At the end of the workshop, attendees will have some basic tools and templates to manage change in their technology project that they can refine and implement within their organization, as well as a clearly-defined outline to address future changes.


Smita Vadakekalam

VP of Professional Services

Heller Consulting
Smita Vadakekalam is VP of Services at Heller Consulting. She has worked with hundreds of nonprofits helping with strategy and implementation of technology projects. Smita is a member, volunteer and serves on a committee with the Association of Change Management Professionals.

Sandi Reinardy

Managing Director of Gift & Constituent Records

University of Wisconsin Foundation
Sandi Reinardy is the Managing Director of Gift & Constituent Records at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. She has managed both projects and teams for over fifteen years and in that time learned to expand her own comfort zone with change. She still tends to take things slow, but some of her very best friends are change adventurers all the way.

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