More change is happening and at a faster rate. Change is also becoming more complex and requires more experienced, more advanced change practitioners to lead and facilitate change more effectively.


Complex Change  

In Prosci’s latest round of research, participants were asked to share their experience applying change management across these complex change characteristics/types:


  • Spanning wide geographic areas

  • Little or no WIIFM

  • Impact across various cultures

  • Long time frame

  • Reorganization

  • Union environment

  • Layoffs or significant staff reductions

  • Enterprise resource planning

  • Cloud-based computing

  • Merger or acquisition


As you can see from Figure 18.1 (above), the most frequent complex changes managed by our respondents were those spanning geographic areas (59%), little or no WIIFM (53%) and impacts across various cultures (50%).

Change Saturation  

The number of changes happening at any given time is another complexity to be managed. Change practitioners are now being asked to support multiple complex changes simultaneously. 

Research participants from Best Practices in Change Management - 2016 Edition shared how many projects they (or their change management resource) typically support at one time. Forty-three percent reported that the change management resource supported three to five projects at any given time. Less commonly, change resources supported one to two projects (28%) or more than five (29%).

Complex Change & Saturation - Complex Skills 

Evolving and expanding change requires expanding and advanced skill sets from change management resources. An advanced change practitioner brings a higher-level of value to help manage complex changes more efficiently and with higher levels of effectiveness.

These advanced practitioners need the tools, education and experience to address complex change management challenges such as:


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  • Project health management

  • Advanced resistance management

  • Change portfolio management

  • Project management and change management integration

  • Best practice auditing and alignment

  • Change saturation 


Through the Prosci Advanced Certified Practitioner track, you will have the tools, education, application and experience to tackle these challenges and deliver exceptional results through expert application of change management on projects and programs. 

Learn more about how to expand your skill set, deepen your knowledge and become an Advanced Practitioner with this Info Guide.


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Written by
Michelle Haggerty
Michelle Haggerty

Michelle Haggerty has been with Prosci for over seven years and specializes in helping organizations around the world realize their intended results, from small incremental changes to large, transformative changes through the application of change management. Michelle’s main focus in helping client organizations realize success is through knowledge transfer. Michelle leads the strategic direction of Prosci’s training offerings and oversight of delivery quality.