Large-scale change and transformation programs often finish without achieving the expected impact.

Most organizations focus on tracking activities and collect reams of data across disparate sources, resulting in inconsistent, fragmented, unverifiable, information. Their efforts cloud the question that matters most: Did we achieve our business objectives?

Our experience demonstrates the need for a fundamental shift in mind-set.

With a simple tool, supported by a thought partner, to structure and sustain a results-oriented discipline throughout the transformation journey.

Wave lets you see change.

As the single source of information it provides users with an unprecedented degree of visibility into all levels of the transformation program across all functions and countries, in real-time. Made by McKinsey, Wave’s web-based software combines activity tracking with impact measurement, while change experts help structure the transformation journey.

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With Wave, overall targets are set at the top, but activities are defined bottom-up, with clear impact targets, roles, and responsibilities. This enables business managers to understand the strategic context for their day-to-day work, while offering executives and PMOs the clarity they need to celebrate incremental milestones and successes.


Wave helps your organization to shift its mind-set from activity tracking to impact delivery. It ties activity progress to pre-defined KPIs to link day-to-day work and established impact goals. It prepares the organization for the continually changing environment, typical of today.


Wave makes it easy to aggregate information across thousands of initiatives. Filters allow users to easily report on the initiatives that matter most. This provides executives with access to top-line insights that enable speed to action if and when strategic decisions need to be made.


  • 480+

    clients to date

  • 76k+

    Wave users

  • 400k+

    initiatives tracked

  • $82bn+

    of impact managed

  • 870k+

    milestones tracked


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      Impact tracking

      Track the performance of initiatives against business goals, budget and timeframes

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      One source of truth

      No more version control issues and arguing over who has the latest numbers

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      Fast, secure set-up

      Fast to deploy, secure and supported by experts 24/5

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    Simple and intuitive

    It gives you a structured overview of the program status and visibility on key metrics


Built on McKinsey’s experience

Designed based on key learnings from McKinsey’s vast experience in driving large-scale change and transformation programs.

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Impact-driven by design

Wave links top-down goals with the bottom-up contributions of each and every initiative and consistently measures impact delivered at the initiative level.

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Supported by experts

Transformation experts are available to guide how program workstreams and initiatives are shaped, and can configure the platform to meet the organization’s approach. The organization benefits from valuable thought partnership when they need it most.

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Vertical configurations

For specific verticals, such as post-merger change programs, Wave can be pre-loaded with key elements (such as default configurations, pre-built initiatives, templates) based on the specific know-how that McKinsey has developed serving clients over time.

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