When viewed as a collection of best practices, supported by a set of recommended tools and templates, within a broader methodology, Change Management is not unlike other professional disciplines. Examples of these disciplines, along with the best practices which govern them, include Project Management (PMBOK), Accounting (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP), and Process Engineering (Six Sigma). Each of these disciplines occupies a defined space, supporting a unique group of practitioners who are focused on ensuring quality outcomes in their respective fields.

Generally speaking, under the umbrella of Change Management, one can find a broad range of tools, templates, and methodologies which have been established and refined over time to help ensure that organizational change initiatives are appropriately planned, designed, and executed. Also like other disciplines, Change Management can point to a host of well-known and accepted thought leaders who regularly contribute to the broad body of Change Management knowledge - John Kotter's 8 Step Change Model, Daryl Conner's Managing at the Speed of Change, and Prosci's ADKAR model are just a few examples.

Unlike other fields, however, Change Management has not been organized under a single, global structure focused on supporting the discipline. Rather, change practitioners have traditionally shared ideas and attempted to contribute and 'advance the cause' in conjunction with research organizations, in support of specific methodologies, or as part of various regional alliances. Practitioners have not had the opportunity to align under a single, member-driven, global entity. Until now.

Though relatively young by Association standards (having launched in February 2011), the creation of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) represents a significant milestone. Having hosted two highly successful global conferences and created a self-sustaining governing body, to working currently to quantify Change Management competencies with input from key thought leaders, as well as launching the process to create practitioner certifications, ACMP has helped put Change Management on an equal footing with other disciplines. Now, just like in other fields, Change Management can boast its own member-driven organization dedicated, as ACMP's tag line attests, to ‘advancing the discipline of change management.'

Learn more about ACMP's mission, structure, and organization, as well as how to join, at www.acmp.info.