Many people confuse project management and change management, however, they are separate tasks in the management process. However, the process or people you control is different in every situation.

Understanding the differences – and the disconnect – between the two can help you be more efficient and deliver projects more effectively. Today, we will discuss the differences between these concepts, how to manage them, and how each team can use to gain efficiency.

What is change management?

Change management is the process of supporting people who affect organizational change through appropriate training and tools. For some companies, this is like a communication strategy that lets everyone in the team know the change is coming and slowly begins to implement it.

However, this involves a change manager looking at all aspects – how might the coming change affect people? What tools, training or support might they need during the transition and in the future?

What is the difference between the two concepts?

Project management teams use a unique skill set to deliver value to potential customers or businesses. For example, a project may revolve around creating a new product or service. Or the goal of the project may be to rethink, design and implement new methods to enable employees to work together across the organization.

On the other hand, change management involves the implementation of structured processes, tools, and training that make the human side change. It seeks to support stakeholders in implementing changes that help achieve the desired outcomes of the project. A change manager can support the project manager by providing him with the necessary management tools to move forward effectively.

Change management focuses on people, while project management focuses on achieving well-defined goals.