PERITIUS TREND SPOTLIGHT
The Value of Green Teams
By Toni Ragusa, PMP
Everyone talks about green, and we see various
eco-friendly steps that have been taken within the workplace. Most
companies now provide filtered water so people are not buying those
plastic bottles at such an alarming rate. Printing, although still
being done way too much (don't get me started), is usually now
double-sided - and on recycled paper. Rooms now have lights with
motion sensors that turn on and off to save electricity. I once
worked in a building where we had to get up and move around every
half hour, otherwise we ended up in the dark. (Of course most of
that project was in the dark anyway, but that is another story.)
At Peritius, a management consulting firm specializing in delivering
strategic initiatives, we found ourselves asking, what is green
project management? Green project management is defined as "the
integration of environmentally conscious concepts with the project
management life-cycle." Ideally, green project management
is designed to take the environment into consideration when making
business- or project-related decisions and creating related processes.
Green project management is in many ways the first cousin of lean
project management (which we'll talk about in an upcoming newsletter
article); they both are concerned with eliminating waste and maximizing
efficiencies. So how does this impact you, sitting in your suburban
corporate park office, managing your ERP implementation? Well,
like most business projects or programs today, it starts with the
executive sponsor, the project manager and the project charter.
Project managers can emphasis green alternatives, policies, processes,
and standards in their project charters. I worked on a project
for a very progressive client where the charter had a section called
Environment Impacts. All project or program work had to have a
global perspective on the environment. It may take a bit to get
your head around the concept, but if we focus on environmental
policies that may already be in place at your company and think
about eliminating waste and redundancy, it becomes easier to extrapolate
how to reduce the negative environmental impact of project work.
The impact can be considered every step of the way.
One of the biggest ways to do it is through organization change
management. Every project requires change management, and it is
fairly simple to include green principles as part of the plan.
The charter and change management plan must emphasize the following
- Business or technology strategy and direction
- Proper disposal of widgets and gadgets
- Reduction of the dependency on paper
This becomes an easy sell, as every client wants to reduce costs
and eliminate waste. At Peritius we are committed to including
green principles in all our projects with all our clients. If you
are committed to eliminating waste and redundancy, give us a call
at 847-808-9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.