On November 16, 2016, North Highland hosted the ACMP DC launch of the new Federal Community of Practice (CoP). The event featured a networking reception and a presentation by Sophonia Simms, Sherry Quinn, and Sandra Scarbrough about their work in launching a new change management office and capabilities at the National Institute of Health (NIH). Like many organizations, the NIH has recognized that change is constant, and since 2000 they have been working toward making effective change management a part of their operations in both their Office of Strategic Planning and Management Operations (OPSMO) and the NIH Business System (NBS). This has included a four-pronged approach focused on streamlining access to CM experts, developing a CM Community of Practice, developing NIH specific CM resources, and utilizing OPSMO CM staff to provide guidance on tools and methods.
The three speakers led the audience through the steps to coordinate these efforts, create buy-in and enthusiasm across employee levels, and work toward empowering NIH employees to successfully implement change. They also provided a preview of their plans moving forward as they launch a pilot CM bootcamp and cohort in early 2017, training their first group of NIH leaders in how to guide their teams through change.
This was the first of many planned Federal CoP events, so watch for announcements about more events in 2017. Additionally, ACMP DC is working to establish other Communities of Practice across a range of industries in the DC area, with the goal of connecting change practitioners who want to share best practices and experiences. For more information on the CoPs or to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.