A recent survey noted that two-thirds of executives believed that the pandemic acted as a catalyst for a renewed focus on environmental, social and governance initiatives and social impact. Against this backdrop, PMI has launched the ESG Resource Hub featuring a new research report and other useful tools.
Sustainability-Focused Project Leader: Why We Are Uniquely Placed To Deliver the Sustainability Transformation
Bringing a sustainable future into our grasp relies upon the successful execution of thousands of well-conceived projects. Project management and project leaders are critical in achieving more sustainable practices. Executives must provide them with more flexibility in managing projects, moving past the traditional “iron triangle” of project management — managing time, budget, and quality. Sustainability cannot be achieved simply through rigid planning and traditional project targets. Project managers must be unleashed to reach these goals innovatively. CEOs should empower a new kind of sustainability-focused project manager to lead organizational transformation. The Project Management Office (PMO) can play an important role when analyzing new project ideas. It should develop new guidelines for sponsors and managers to increase the focus of their projects on such sustainable outcomes and benefits.
On the road towards a sustainable future, one of the topics which finds frequent mention is the circular economy. This requires that we look at initiatives with a total and holistic perspective. This applies to project professionals as well. How do we as project managers reconcile between project as a temporary endeavor with a circular economy which is essentially long-term and operational in nature? How can we contribute towards and benefit from this economic activity? This talk will deliberate on understanding the opportunities and challenges of a circular economy and what it presents for project professionals. It will help in further exploring our roles in our projects, organizations and society. Examples and case studies will be included to give a picture of current happenings.
It is over fifty years since we identified project management as a formal subject of study, considered as a practice and knowledge on the subject collated and codified. Since then, it has grown considerably, with many standards being developed, training & consulting organizations set up and information disseminated among many industries and domains. At the same time today, we see there is a prospect of potential changes everywhere. Change, because of the business & political conditions, technology and the environment. The recent pandemic has only exacerbated this. All these happenings are forcing organizations, governments and professional communities to re-evaluate our ways of working to meet the challenges now and in the future. This includes the project management community as well.
The subject of sustainability has received a lot of attention in recent times. It is slowly moving from understanding it as a global phenomenon to action what we can, as professionals in business and industry, do in the larger interest of preparing for the future. For Project Managers this is a unique opportunity to contribute beyond the immediate objectives outlined for their projects.
One of the most significant questions for the future of the project management profession will be our position in relation to huge, complex, and overwhelming environmental and societal problems that cannot be resolved by any organization, government and individual alone. Those problems are often referred to as Grand Challenges. The climate crisis is a prime example of a Grand Challenge with an increasing urgency that needs to be addressed if societies around the world are to survive and prosper. Up to now, project management as a profession has been key for ‘getting things done’, and as such is likely to be a key part of the solution for climate change and other such Grand Challenges.
Join three of our Center Stage podcast guests and moderator Tammy Ashraf as they explore how young entrepreneurs make reality by adapting traditional approaches to value delivery with new ways of working, leveraging evolving technologies, customer-centered design, sustainability and social impact. Somachi Chris-Asoluka, Tony Elumelu Foundation Head of Policy and Partnerships joins with ENACTUS U.K. team member Lili Csorba and project management coach Gavin Henderson to share insights and thoughts on young entrepreneurs; mentorship and knowledge transfer; societal impact; and enabling the future by making ideas reality. Tammy is a PMI member and volunteer and represents the voice of the profession in this exploration of the future of work.
Statistics show that globally about 33% of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted. On the other hand, we have about 11 % of world suffering from malnutrition and hunger. According to UN based WHO, even if 25 % of the food wasted is saved then it can alleviate the hunger problem. The problem is acute and is obvious but yet organizations and people have not come to grips with it. Thankfully, during the last few years the situation is changing.
This webinar will build on the Ethics Bistro blog published in February 2020 on the skills needed by project managers to achieve a sustainable future globally. The session will be divided into 3 parts that end with polling questions and will tackle topics such as: aligning sustainability and disruption; the skills needed to achieve this alignment; challenges to be overcome; and the values and principles involved in such an endeavor.
Sustainable project practices are about more than “being green”. Sustainability requires that we look beyond the scope, schedule, and budget of the temporary project and consider the larger “Triple Bottom Line” that projects operate within. The triple bottom line evaluates performance in a broader perspective considering economic, ecological, and social impacts otherwise known as the 3Ps - Profit, Planet, People. As the agents of change in organizations, Project Managers, are uniquely positioned to identify and lead the change that impacts your “Triple Bottom Line” while creating greater business value.
Save Time With Tools + Templates
The Project Manager’s Sustainability Checklist is a tool used to aid the project manager and project team in addressing sustainability factors for all areas of the project. This checklist is specifically designed to help meet sustainability needs that project teams and project managers face. This checklist can be considered a template to be modified by an organization, or even by a project team, as needed.
Learn From Others
The central finding of this report is that organizations have adopted sustainability strategically and are executing sustainability initiatives, but their project managers do not have the resources they need to competently manage this process. Their challenges range from project methodology gaps to specific needs in achieving organizational change. This report was not produced or vetted by the PMI Market Research Team. It reflects the results of a survey conducted by leading members of the ProjectManagement.com community who are concerned about project management sustainability.
The climate crisis is a prime example of a Grand Challenge, one with an increasing urgency that needs to be addressed. Up to now, project management as a profession has been key for “getting things done,” and as such is likely to be part of the solution for climate change. But it may not be a straightforward process.
With more than 10 years of being on the scene, it is safe to say that “Green PM” is not just a passing fad. The following tips and best practices might be helpful in your efforts to instill green thinking into your project.
Our recent work-from-home mandate has accelerated the transition to the electronic cottage, and maybe some of Alvin Toffler’s other predictions about changes to work and society will also come true. What does this mean for project managers?
The changing nature of competitive advantage has one constant—the trust and comfortability of products and services to consumers garnered by the value propositions that accumulate throughout the years, referred to as cumulative advantage. Discover tactics to build cumulative advantage and how they align with your project delivery strategy.
The truly successful organizations that end up embracing the principles of quality management and reap sustainable benefits do so by taking a more evolutionary approach. They sow seeds that are allowed to take deep root within the culture of the organization—while also harvesting benefits quickly.
To be successful, an individual or organization must open their minds about what may be possible in the near term—but perhaps has absolutely no tie to the past whatsoever. This is especially the case when it comes to the seemingly unlimited possibilities of new technologies that are beginning to emerge.
When project disaster strikes, we probably aren't overly prepared for it. And the question then becomes what to do about it. What follows is one expert's best guidance about what to do when disaster strikes—and how to appropriately manage in the face of impending challenge.
Given the strength and wide adoption of the COBIT framework, can it be adapted and modified to address sustainability issues in IT-based projects?
Sustainability is important for the planet. If it isn’t as important for our employer, do we have to do something about that? Should we try to become a conscience for our employer, at least as far as the project we are managing is concerned?
For 2019, the expectation of the CEO and their leadership team will be that the CIO demonstrates decisive leadership, momentum and innovation that drive value to both the top and bottom lines.
Markets, technologies and society have changed—as has the work and economic environments that we all operate in. Are program and project management sustainable given the current and projected changes that are likely to occur in the not-so-distant future?
This article takes a look at the sustainable pace concept from agile approaches. Given the time-to-market emphasis and use of terms like “sprints,” the idea of a sustainable pace seems odd to some people. However, it's really about taking a smart, long-term view to optimize overall value delivered.
Resources must be available for projects to be completed. You routinely manage for vacations, holidays, sickness, family needs and so on, but what about severe weather events?
As a project manager, you are focused on sustaining key variables such as your project, your client’s business, your profession and your career. In this article, we look at several of these variables and suggest that there are different approaches to evaluating how you are doing.
Organizations are run by people, and those people have limits. When an organization pushes employees to exceed those limits, bad things happen. Problems sustaining project team performance and problems sustaining operational performance need to be addressed, and the PM has a role to play in both elements.
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