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?
How does project management relate to Sustainability?
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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.
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.
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.
In 2008, Green IT sat center stage as one of the IT industry’s emerging trends. By 2011, it appeared to be going mainstream. But what about now, as 2014 approaches? Who are the movers and shakers in Green IT? What innovations have emerged? Does Green IT have a future beyond energy conservation and prudent recycling?
Sustainable IT projects make your company look good - but it's probably the lower energy bills that will get them approved.
Green is beautiful, and it is certainly the color of IT looking into the future. There is a challenge, however, to coordinating the environmental shade of green with the financial one. Here are some thoughts and ideas for greening up your IT initiatives while holding on to the green stuff that pays the bills.
There is no shortage of surveys heralding the miracle of innovation for organizations trying to remain competitive in a volatile global economy. As that uncertainty becomes the norm, the focus on innovation is bound to grow. This article discusses how organizations must find a way to marry the fundamentals of project governance that helped them get where they are with the breakthrough concepts that will get them where they need to be. In doing so, it looks at how a solar energy and clean-tech company turns prototypes into business solutions by slashing time-to-market without sacrificing quality. Next, the article details how companies innovate during troubled economic times, citing a study by Wipro and Forbes Insight's Growth Strategies for 2012 and Beyond, which reports that 68 percent of global executives agree that innovation is more important now than before the recession. It then identifies areas where organizations fall short. The article discusses how organizations can make the jump from a cutting-edge concept to a full-fledged project that delivers true innovation and examines how review strategies can help companies identify innovative concepts that are not up to par. It looks at how companies can collaborate on innovative concepts by detailing how Ford Motor Company and Weyerhaeuser worked together on a project to replace fiberglass or mineral reinforcements and reveals the positive results of this collaboration. It then summarizes how an innovation governance process may help organizations find the balance between fostering creativity and demanding measurable outcomes and explains how an innovation steering committee can evaluate proofs of concept and how they align with strategic goals of the business. Accompanying the article are two case studies: The first case study examines OnStar's (Detroit, Michigan, USA) innovation strategy. The second case study discusses Petra Solar's (South Plainfield, New Jersey, USA) innovative solar technology, smart-grid and clean-tech projects.
How green are you? For many, implementing Green IT solutions is an imperative that transcends ROI or enterprise alignment. For others, it's a good thing to go green if it is cost effective and in tune with other stakeholder expectations and needs.
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.
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.