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Drupal®: The Guide to Planning and Building Websites by Cindy McCourt

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CHANGE MANAGEMENT

When you decided to build or rebuild your site, you recognized and accepted the need for change. By engaging others in your organization, you took your first steps toward building a commitment for change. As you collected requirements and decided what your site should or should not do, you helped others to acknowledge that change was coming. Although you might have experienced resistance to this change, coming to a consensus with your team before taking your site from planning to development is important.

When you were planning your site, if you included those who will use the site, as well as those who will sponsor the site, you have already taken steps toward managing change. Now, it is time to assimilate the new into the existing. In order to assimilate, you need:

  • To know how your current state will be different in the future due to your new site
  • A plan to get from the current state to the future state

Assessing Current and Future States

To assess current and future states, start by asking the following questions:

  • How are things done now and how will they be done later?
  • Who is doing what now and who will be doing it later?
  • Is anything not being done now that will need to be done later?
  • Do you have the resources for the new tasking?

Chances are, you already have a lot of this information, especially for the future state. Information about the future state should be in your requirements. When you created your requirements, you likely also assessed your current ...

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