Cultural change is a challenge faced not just in technical teams or companies, but by any organization. The ubiquitousness of cultural change, though, doesn’t make it any easier. We’ll talk about some common issues and strategies for managing those issues and meeting challenges when trying to create cultural change within a technical organization, particularly one that is part of a larger enterprise.
The Harvard Business Review claims that “70% of all change initiatives fail”, and yet, change is everywhere. We as technology professionals exist in a landscape that changes constantly, hopefully bringing improvements in efficiency and effectiveness to our jobs. Initiating and cultivating successful cultural change while still meeting business goals can be a frustrating and exhausting endeavor, but there are methods of mitigating frustration as well as the risks involved.
We’ll look at some topics to think about when motivating a team to undergo a cultural shift:
Mandi Walls is a Senior Consultant with Opscode. Prior to joining Opscode in 2011, Mandi administered large web properties for AOL, including AOL.com, Moviefone.com, and games.com. She has a MS in Computer Science from The George Washington University and an MBA from UNC-Kenan Flagler.
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