As project managers we are often faced with tough descisions.
So it's a relief, isn't it, when you stop off at the market on the way home from a long day of progressive elaboration and rolling-wave planning, Monte-Carloing, Paretoing, and determining the Estimate at Completion, that the only decision you have to make is.... Paper or Plastic for your bag.
What a relief. An easy, no-brainer. Paper! Right? It's brown, it's re-used materials... right? Right? RIGHT?
We think there is actually quite a lessons-learned in the area of Procurement Management for your projects in the video we provide below.
The speaker, Leyla Acaroglu is outstanding as she provides a flowing, logical description of how purchasing decisions should really be made. She's speaking in general, but if you have your "PM antennae" on, and you're willling to think a little more holistically about your project - including the time after the moment you leave the project because it's turned over to your client - you'll find that this talk can help you in your PM decision making.
You're going to find definitions in this talk which will be helpful as well.
- Life Cycle Assessment (or Analyisis) - LCA
This is a highly-recommended talk. You will be that much smarter after listening.