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Change Magnitude Assessment Best Practices

More often than not, a business leader or change management team will try to implement a change within a business without correctly estimating what it will take to successfully accomplish, and what the impact will be once the change is completed. Change Magnitude Assessment is a technique employed by business leaders to analyze the impact of a specific change management initiative on an organization and the readiness of that organization to undergo a change management initiative based on data gathered about previous initiatives.

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Description of Change Magnitude Assessment

There are various ways that executives can develop strategies to successfully implement change management initiatives, but certain strategies can be more effective than others. A Change Magnitude Assessment guides business leaders to take disciplined steps at the beginning of a change initiative in order to ensure that they understand what is necessary to make change a success and commit to the full scope of that change. As part of this process, they identify up front what elements of the business will be affected by the change, who will be impacted, and what resources (both human and capital) may be influenced or be required to make the change possible.

The process that a team or a business leader must go through to carry out a Change Magnitude Assessment is centered on the idea of “getting real about change efforts.” The analysis of data from various touchpoints, gathered through individual conversations, surveys and raw data analysis of business operations, helps to guide successful change management planning moving forward.

The Change Magnitude Assessment process requires confirming the desired outcomes and vision for change, performing an initial impact analysis on these initiatives, assessing the organization’s readiness for these changes, and finally rescoping the change management initiative parameters based on expectations and commitments across the business.

Praxie's Online Change Management Assessment Tools & Templates

The Change Magnitude Assessment tool prompts business leaders to carry out a thorough assessment of any proposed change management initiative alongside an internal analysis of the business to identify the potential impact and disruption that may occur when these changes are implemented. The tool prompts change management professionals to look inwardly and conduct a review of processes to determine the impact of new change management initiatives. 

A Change Magnitude Assessment is used in the Initiation Phase of a change project to develop a high-level understanding of the dimensions and potential impacts of the changes the project will bring. This understanding is used to scope the timing and resource requirements for the Change Management component of the overall change project, and to identify staffing requirements for the Change Management Team. 

Get started with our Change Magnitude Assessment template. 

How to use it:

  1. Review the change factors and edit them as desired to customize the assessment for your organization or project. 
  2. Provide descriptions of change.  
  3. Rate the change factors for your change initiative and the overall magnitude of the change involved. 
  4. Review your results and create and action plan. 

Unlike most traditional Change Magnitude Assessment processes, Praxie’s online Change Magnitude Assessment tool allows any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Praxie’s digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.