Strategic and Business Management
Because we were redefining the brand for one of the organization's flagship products, a lot of attention was given to alignment with business objectives. We worked with the executive leadership to ensure the goals of both the project and the product were aligned with the long-term goals of the organization.
Technical Project Management
Employees at every level had a lot of ownership and loyalty to these previous brands, so we had a few thousand people who considered themselves key stakeholders. The regional leadership also had a history of significant influence in these events. Stakeholder and communications management were two key knowledge areas for us to focus on.
I developed an internal communication plan which included:
- Developing a communication calendar.
- Scripting a video for the executive director to record.
- Producing and mailing swag boxes to leaders across the country.
- Sending multiple organization-wide communication updates.
- Creating FAQs related to what is changing and why.
- Provided weekly updates accessible to the organization.
- Developing talking points for leaders at different levels across the organization.
To keep track of who needed what kind of information updates, I created and maintained a stakeholder register and RASCI matrix.
Because a brand informs everything about a product, we knew scope creep was going to be a real issue. The team specifically worked hard to clarify how far into the implementation this project was being asked to give definition.
It took a while to baseline scope because this was not a common practice yet in the organization. Myself and another national director acted as change control board and reviewed all requested changes to scope.
I assembled and led the team, which was responsible for all other aspects of the project, including design, brand definition, marketing, operations and communications. As a team, we shared a lot of responsibilities initially and then became more specialized in our roles once baselines for scope and schedule were set.
The team was distributed geographically across the county. We were able to meet a few times but primarily worked remotely. This required some experimentation in tools and cadence of meetings, but we quickly found a good mix.
We sought to lead as publicly as possible in order to gain organizational alignment and to give visibility to the changes and how others could be a part of it.