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From my point of view it is not shoud be adressed in the PMBOK next revision, once sustainability is related to the company , the business, not the projects,I mean, the project wont be sustainably if the company is not sustainably.
Is very urgently for the companies to have a sustainable business, but for that need a cultural change, broaden focus beyond profit, focus on a long term vision future, to be responsible for resources used and affected by the impacts of their business model, should have the governance support,... and integration of all of these points on their strategies,decison make.
This way of business model management will make projects run sustainably as well. Influencing from the top to down!
Sustainability is so much broader than projects. It's more an operational requirement than it is a project requirement. You can use project to create or add sustainability to an organization.
The PMs working on Projects for the sustainable companies,they should follow what was defined on the Proposal( materials and technology of excecution) and adoptade the corporate Sustainable Plann for Projects,
Managing to reduce all impacts of the execution over their resources used ,internaly and externaly, integrating all areas involved, been aligning with the strategies.
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
In my opinion, PMI could worry about sustainability issues
In spite of:
1. The United States has no signature (COP25)
As Rich Maltzman was part of Review Team 1 for the Seventh Edition, my hope is that he would have provided some good feedback regarding the desired inclusion of sustainability as either a domain or a principle within the new guide.
We shall find out on January 15!
Sustainability is something that is there from long time ago. It has more than those dimensions. We need to remember that from product requirements we will define project requirements. Sustainability is a non-functional product/solution requirment that can be consider belongs to the class "quality", You can search for Barry Bohem´s clasification of non-functional requirements for example. Sustainability becomes a new buzzword (the word, not the "theory") because the movements of the focus people have put on it in the last time. Other important thing to remember is this must be a point into organizational strategy. With that said, the best thing the PMI can do in my humble opinion is taken GPM (Green Project Management) work indluding is its BOK on the matter. I am working inside a company where sustainability is a driver because is a strategic goal from long time ago then the company demostrate it with acts, not words. No matter that there is a lot of work to do inside the company because collisions still exist between strategy and actions. There are lot of hypocrasy from lot of people but mainly from the organizations. Just for example, Do you know how much impact has the use of cel phones on sustaintability? Do you know how much impact has the use of cloud based environments (Google and all related environments manage by Microsoft, Amazon, etc) on sustaintability? I really know about that. Is not against the use of it or against those companies. But it is funny for me see people in congress talking about sustainability surounded by lights, TVs or using cel phones where they run apps based on cloud or lot of organizations talking about "digital something" while talk about "we are advocate for sustaintability". I know, because I am involved, a lot of research in working to make this solutions more "sustaintable friendly".
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