For those project managers practicing agile practices and methods, you already have all the ingredients in place to optimize your green initiatives. This article will attempt to illustrate how agile principles can enhance and compliment projects that have sustainability as one of its main end goals.
In this webinar, we will explore some of the issues, and identify the skill sets (unique Change Management Tactics) and PM tools (delivering on-time, within-scope, & within-budget) PMs have already developed to lead environmental teams toward some proposed solutions.
Join Kris to learn how Sustainable Strategy adds Value, Engagement and Power. Gain new skills in how to assess your organizational readiness to adopt sustainable strategy including a better understanding of the different stages of the sustainability journey. Join Kris to learn how Sustainable Strategy adds Value, Engagement and Power. Gain new skills in how to assess your organizational readiness to adopt sustainable strategy including a better understanding of the different stages of the sustainability journey. Learn how to engage the Board and the C Suite through demonstrating alignment between sustainable strategy and business value creation.
An expert on leadership, culture change, and organizational development, Bob Willard distils lessons learned about cultural transformation that are described in his book, The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook. He provides practical guidance on how to embed sustainability into corporate culture, even if you are not the CEO. He outlines a seven-step sustainability change process; seven leadership practices to use throughout the change process; seven paradoxes that enable successful change strategies; and seven derailers to avoid.
The “Sustainable Development” concept is sweeping across the entire world involving almost all social, economic, cultural, educational and political institutions. It is now unrealistic to think of running a program or project without a plan for its sustainability. The current economic and financial crisis plaguing world economies have a been a litmus on their sustainability and long-term viability of many banks and other financial institutions and this has had some dramatic effects in the implementation of projects sponsored by these financial institutions.
Jacqueline Drumheller, Sustainability Manager at Alaska Airlines, will share her real-life (and somewhat humorous) stories about innovations, learnings, and best practices with regard to initiating and implementing a corporate sustainability program. Her presentation will also include tips and lessons learned for organizations who are interested in publishing their first sustainability report (or those who just want to compare wounds with someone who’s been there).
Economic activities may be threatening our environmental and social resources. In the long run these effects are also threatening our economic proseperity which is unsustainable. Changes to sustainabilty can be led by qualified project managers.
In 1994, global carpet tile manufacturer, Interface was inspired to rethink its purpose as a company and climb "Mount Sustainability." This journey, referred to as "Mission Zero" - Interface's promise to eliminate any negative impact the company might have on the environment by 2020 - drives product design, engagement and all of the company's global operations.
A September webinar by Roberta Fernandez with the AtKisson Group covered the basic concepts of the Compass framework and ISIS Method (the 'what'). This followup webinar will address the 'who and when' in determining how to use them. These tools can result in better understanding, clearer decisions, a stronger consensus, more well-developed plans, more effective strategies and implementation programs, better measures of progress, and thus, a great deal of real and specific change to make our world more sustainable. ISIS and Compass are not the tools that PLAN or implement the project, but that bring the sustainability conversation front and center in the project’s beginning.
The webinar introduces a framework and process that serve as the bridge for developing and managing a shared vision of sustainability. The Compass of Sustainability is the framework which allows teams to focus on four critical criteria for long term project success: North is Nature, South is Society, East is Economy and West is Wellbeing.
People, Planet, Profit and Project-management: that is Four-P. You might think of the word Sustainability here, and it will be used, but since the S-word is used in wildly different ways, it's more useful to be precise. 4P is the Triple Bottom Line + PM. What does project management have to do with 4P? Plenty. I'll be targeting topics such as Risk Management, Innovation, Design, Project Internals, PM Direct and Indirect Influence, Reporting and Economics. I want to hear from you about your own 4P-related work and ideas and questions!
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To really get environmental awareness to stick in an organization, you have to be prepared to go beyond setting an example and start to define green-aware policy and create a culture of sustainability. Here, we look at some practical, easy-to-implement ways that you can start to have a smaller environmental footprint when you execute on projects.
Adoption of LEED standards is typically framed as a means of reducing operating costs; the greater expense in designing and building sustainable facilities is offset by reduced energy consumption in future years. This becomes a theoretically easy business case that should be readily accepted: an investment in current periods providing future savings in costs. The challenge, however, is two-fold: it requires foresight and a willingness to invest in the long term, and there needs to be confidence that the promised benefits are realistic and attainable.
As environmental concerns and sustainability become bigger issues across all aspects of society, there is an argument for taking a rather longer-term view of product development--the concept of whole lifecycle thinking, ensuring that the costs of the product are considered from birth to retirement. What can project managers do to help develop and implement the concept?
One writer understands the need for carefully considering the impact and consequences of our decisions and actions, but why project management? Isn’t it everybody’s responsibility? But after researching and pondering the options out there, she realized that being green is actually pretty easy sometimes...and important.
The project management domain is full of evolving terminology and buzzwords. Just as we get comfortable with the latest acronyms, new vernacular emerges. One writer called on a colleague to learn more about being a Green PM and pursuing sustainability in project management.
How green should your PM practices be? Applying green practices and ideas to the management of projects is relatively new to the project management community. Adding “greenthink” to projects means finding ways to practice common-sense conservation techniques that do not hinder achieving the project’s budgetary, timeline and value-add objectives. Are you making the green grade?
Not so long ago, sustainability was heralded as the new fixture of "business as usual". However, after an economic meltdown, investing in green projects wasn't worth the risk. This article discusses how companies that pursue sustainability projects are gaining a true edge over their rivals. In doing so, it identifies four areas that experienced a drop in interest in sustainability projects.
There are now more than 7 billion people in the world and that number is expected to jump to 9.4 billion in less than 40 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As the population grows, so too does the mass migration from the countryside to cities, particularly in developing nations. This article discusses how project teams are re-imagining urban development to alleviate the massive strain on cities' infrastructure, construction, energy and IT demands.
Companies can’t address sustainability on their own—they need project managers to do their part.
A real commitment to operating a business and performing projects in an environmentally conscious and responsible way is a commitment to quality standards that minimize CO2 emissions and promote sustainability. To realize the full benefits of turning green, an enterprise must take a disciplined and systematic approach to implementing green standards.
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