The Next Evolution –
Enhancing and Unifying
Project and Change

Published by:
Brown & Williams Publishing
Princeton, NJ
June 15th, 2011
Hardcover, 326 pages

The Emergence One Method for Total Project Success

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The Next Evolution – Enhancing and
Unifying Project and Change
The Emergence One
Method for Total Project Success


The definitive guide for addressing both the people AND task execution side of project success - The Next Evolution is a long overdue book for project professionals. While so many project management book focus only on task execution (with maybe a nod or two to the human, political, or organizational change factors that can make or break project success), the Next Evolution tackles the relationship between project management (i.e. task execution) with organizational change management (the "people-side") head on.

Part One focuses on the evolution of project management and why most traditional project management methodologies (which primarily arose out of the field of engineering) never really accounted for the change that business projects impose of the workforce. The led to the rise of organizational change management as a means to more thoroughly address the "people issues" that accompany business and IT projects. But because the change management field was dominated more by psychotherapists than business or project people, it grew into a separate discipline that is often criticized for lacking rigor and structure, or for being nothing more than glorified communication or project PR plan for impacted employees. Because of this and other reasons, strong, effective, and truly collaborative project management/change management relationships often fail to develop. The author boldly promotes "The Next Evolution"… a merging of these two fields where the focus is on achieving "total project success" rather than on differentiating between separate "project management versus change management" elements.

However, what makes this book invaluable is that the author doesn’t stop there. Part Two of the book is a complete project life cycle methodology referred to as "The Emergence One Method" (so called because it unifies traditional project management and change management approaches). This step-by-step methodology seamlessly integrates stakeholder management (whether it is with project sponsors, project contributors, or change recipients) with project planning and execution tasks.

Overall, a sharp, well-written book that bridges the gap between project management and change management.