Adapting to change

Without change survival would be impossible. You don’t have to like all aspects of change and often there are disadvantages or even teething problems with some change but there could be useful or interesting benefits as well. New opportunities may arise out of a change in employment, or a change in leadership, a change to technology in your organisation.

Stay flexible and avoid getting set in your ways. Try being open to new ideas and ways of working or living. They may not always work but they keep your mind open to suggestions and forming creative solutions or approaches to coping.

Adapting to change in business is paramount to success. Change and personal growth and development increase self confidence. Being in one’s own comfort zone can lead to some contentment for a while, but as time goes on you lose or don’t acquire abilities and skills and lose confidence and get out of touch.

Agile and change management

I recently worked within an Agile software development project managing the change for the business. What I experienced was chaos at times but also some great team collaboration and teamwork moments. Agile methods expect and embrace change which is driven by real-time requirements that emerge from the business. Quite different from  the hierarchical waterfall projects I have worked in previously. It’s not easy but it can be done.