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September 2011

Dear Colleague:

At Peritius Consulting, we work with very diverse clients in varied industries. As a result our project managers have a bird's-eye view of business trends. We want to share these trends with you and give you our perspectives on them. Our aim is to provide insights into what we are seeing and to help you expect the unexpected.


Recycle button on keyboardHave you recently worked on a digital archiving project or a document management system? Have scanning and optical character recognition (OCR) become the mantra within your operations divisions? If so, whether you know it or not, you have gone green!


The Peritius challenge is to enable project management to keep up with the green industry - and our colleague Toni Ragusa shares her ideas on that in the article below.


Whether your business is already green, going green or trying to go green, we'd like to learn more about your experiences and share our expertise. To get in touch, contact Peritius Consulting at 847-808-9999 or


Best regards,


Laura Dribin Werner
President & CEO
Peritius Consulting, Inc.

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The Value of Green Teams

By Toni Ragusa, PMP
Senior Manager


Green business meetingEveryone 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.


Green business graphicProject 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 characteristics:

  • Business or technology strategy and direction
  • Proper disposal of widgets and gadgets
  • Reduction of the dependency on paper
  • Efficiency
  • Reusability
  • Compatibility
  • Extensibility

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


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