06 May Three Keys to Successful Change Management
Imagine that you have a friend, or a family member, who has an old car. They are very fond of this old clunker. It has driven many miles and has been very reliable. Your friend swears by it, despite its rust and dust and crumbling upholstery. You show them new cars online and in magazines, but they don’t seem interested. It’s their old jalopy, or nothing.
When their car starts to have problems, or show its age, your friend opts to fix it. They buy a new fan belt, headlights, seat covers, wheel-rims, tires, and so on. They keep replacing parts until there’s barely anything left of the old car. It’s costing them a lot, more than a new car would. Newer cars are far more advanced too. Hybrids are more efficient and environmentally friendly. Trucks have more horsepower and towing capacity. Most sedans and coupes now have built-in GPS. But no matter what you say, your friend is still married to their old car. You’re starting to get worried: what if it breaks down in the winter, or the breaks fail on the highway? How do you change their mind about getting a new car?
In the world of oil and gas software, you might be finding this story familiar. Instead of a car, it could be Excel, or your legacy home-built asset management software. Despite its flaws or drawbacks, your managers or teams are married to it. Change is not easy, or even possible in their minds. There are risks: new software can be a training challenge in the short term. After the initial learning curve, there may be new issues to iron out in your processes Upper management would prefer to stay with what works now, then try out new oil and gas asset management and scheduling software. Changing their minds will require employing change management.
Change management is nothing new in the world business. Every organization has to manage change in their structure or practices at some point. When your company adopted their legacy well software years ago, they likely needed to go through a change management exercise to get it done. It’s never easy to get a team on board with change, but we have a few suggestions for getting your teams comfortable with new well delivery software, especially our flagship product Generwell.
Here are three ideas for you to apply at your organization:
First, you need to make sure everyone in your organization is involved. You’ll need to show the benefits to your leadership and your teams. For example, Generwell’s one-stop solution helps limit the number of different scheduling and asset management software applications you need to employ, which ought to please the team and the management.
Second, you should look into starting a pilot in a small, low-risk and/or high-value segment of your organization, to illustrate the impacts that new software can bring to well delivery. Generwell is scalable, so you can easily apply it to one area to test it out, before rolling it across the organization.
Third and finally, you need to pinpoint and work closely with change-resistant members of your organization. Demos and workshops are a great way to resolve fears or contentions that some team members may have, and we offer demonstrations and technical assistance for just such a purpose.
Just like getting your friend to buy a new car, getting your organization to buy new scheduling software will take some convincing. We’re here to help with that, and get you started with Generwell.