AVANGRID, Inc. is a diversified energy and utility company with 7,000 employees, $31 billion in assets and operations in 23 states. Formed from the 2015 merger of Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings Corporation, AVANGRID remains an affiliate of the Iberdrola Group, a worldwide leader in the energy industry.

In 2012, the company’s leadership recognized the need to become more agile in order to quickly respond to the unique challenges of a global company as well as the evolution of the utility industry (smart grid, system automation, etc.). Change management became a key strategic initiative.

“The AVANGRID/Prosci partnership is very rewarding. Prosci’s team is knowledgeable, responsive, and consistently seeks to evolve the change management discipline through quality research and benchmarking. Their three-day base certification program is one of the best trainings I have experienced in my career! 

- Diane M. Schreiner, Director of Change Management at AVANGRID, Inc.

The Challenge

To mobilize people to become more agile in a rapidly changing industry.

The Solution

  • Implement a change management program at AVANGRID
  • Adopt the Prosci Change Management Methodology and obtain an enterprise license
  • Establish a Change Management Office and Roadmap
  • Build a Change Management Network of certified professionals across all business areas
  • Establish a change management webinar series to educate employees on upcoming changes in the enterprise
  • Develop an Enterprise Change Management deployment plan
  • Conduct a Maturity Model Audit to determine baseline change management competency
  • Provide change management consulting services to various business areas

Keys to Application

Initially, the Change Management Office selected a pilot Wellness initiative, a larger Operational Excellence project and an enterprise-wide global SAP implementation. The SAP implementation impacted 4,100 employees and required significant changes for many departments.

By completing very thorough and well-documented change management plans and regularly reporting demonstrated successes, the Change Management Office quickly gained the trust and respect of leadership, both within the U.S. and in their parent company, Iberdrola. During the initial meeting with the Change Management Office and the management steering committee, the team came prepared to demonstrate the results of change management efforts, and these updates ultimately became an integral part of the meetings. 

The SAP implementation went live in January of 2015 and was considered a huge success, with only 10% of employees requiring refresher training.

The Results

In addition to the success of the SAP implementation, AVANGRID saw significant growth in change management maturity. Using the Prosci Change Management Maturity Model as a gauge, AVANGRID began its journey to change management capability in 2013 with a Level 1 maturity, meaning that the organization had ad hoc or absent change management. Today, the organization is securely in Level 3 maturity and well on its way to achieving Level 5, the highest maturity level. With over 30 certified change management practitioners throughout the organization, the Change Management Office has a goal of having over 50 certified practitioners by the end of 2018.

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