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PRiSM is much more than an “eco-friendly” method.

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As our Project Management Methodology PRiSM or PRojects integrating Sustainable Methods is turning 10 years old this year, we are proud that it enjoys success in a multitude of industries; and project types. There is one area though that is commonly misunderstood as evidenced by the blog-o-sphere.

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Pollution – Why we replaced horses with automobiles

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Henry Ford never said people wanted faster horses, “what they wanted was less horseshit” (Flowers, 2014). It was a little more complicated than that, but you get the general point.

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An Approach for Sustainability for Everyone – The Scout vs. the Warrior

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“A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.”

Projectors, We need rethink a few things.

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“The true definition of a project, according to modern acceptation, is, as is said before, a vast undertaking, too big to be managed, and therefore likely enough to come to nothing.” – Daniel Defoe, An Essay upon Projects (1697) This is one of my favorite quotes for a couple reasons. One being that it is […]. The post Projectors, We need rethink a few things. appeared first on Delivering a better world, one project at a time. Entries

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How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

Why Your Sustainability Report Might be Awful?

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How our Perception impacts our Understanding of Sustainability – Part 1

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Perception is reality. We have heard that many times. One definition of perception “is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information, or the environment.”

Two Technologies that Could Regenerate Our Planet

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“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” ” Desmond Tutu With all the conflicts and problems and noise these days it is healthy to dream about how better our future will be.

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The Playbook Series: Global Warming

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This is a follow on post to “Keep on scammin’ on: The evil brilliance, success and recurrence of The Playbook.”

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Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager (3 of 9) “Change Agent”

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This third installment of Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager focuses on the “Change Agent.” Peter Drucker is famous for many quotes, none more so than “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.”

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager (2 of 9) “Inclusive Leader”

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This second installment of Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager focuses on the “Inclusive Leader.” Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”

Focus on Strengths Not Just Weaknesses – the Value of Appreciative Inquiry

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I always enjoyed the message from the featured image above. As a management consultant, validator, and assessor I am often engaged by organizations to analyze their operations and systems to identify opportunities for improvement.

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Sustainable Development Goal 14. “Life Under Water and Project Management”

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This installment in our series on the SDGs focuses on #14 of 17, conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, “Life Underwater” This SDG has seven targets which you can read in detail.

Are Projects Material to Non-Financial Reporting?

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The Rise of Sustainability (Non-Financial) Reporting I am often asked what I do for a living. When I explain that I work in sustainability I usually get an “oh, ok.” ” followed by a “what does that mean?” ” Therein lies the challenge.

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What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Waste not, want not: how projects can drive reductions in waste

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I recently watched the first episode in a three-part series on waste produced by the government broadcaster in Australia.

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Sustainable Development Goal #13 of 17 and Project Management, Climate Action.

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In this installment of our series on the SDGs, we look at #13 of 17, Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. I am going to approach this SDG a bit different from the others in the series because this is a heavily debated topic. First. Climate Change is real. Few debate […].

Disposable Plastic Straws… What can we do?

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I went out recently with some friends and had a curious experience. And of all things it was around disposable plastic straws. What caught my attention was that each place we went to did not offer straws. More importantly though the establishments were proud and adamant about their no-straw policy.

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The Evolution of the Project Management Profession

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“Even the dogs may eat of the crumbs that fall from the rich man’s table; and in these days, when the rich in knowledge eat such specialized food at such separate tables, only the dogs have the chance of a balanced diet.”

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Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

SDG #10 of 17 and Project Management, Reducing Inequality.

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Sustainable Development Goal #10 and Project Management, Reducing Inequalities within and among countries. In this installment of our series on the SDGs, we look at #10 of 17.

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Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager (1 of 9) “Benefits Focused”

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There are a countless number of blog posts, books, articles, and papers on project competence or the application of knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to achieve the desired results (See the IPMA ICB 4.0)

Hey Project Manager, are you a more of a Jedi or a Stormtrooper?

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This past week I was having a conversation with a colleague on what they should look for in a project manager. Out of curiosity, I did some digging across various organization’s standards at what they describe as the “role of a project manager”, here is what I found.

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Does Big Business Care about Sustainability?

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Does big business care about sustainability and social responsibility? I often ask attendees to my courses and presentations this question. In general, the response is a strong negative: “NO big business couldn’t care less about sustainability or social responsibility!”

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Sustainable Project Management: The GPM Reference Guide 2nd Edition

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GPM Global is delighted to announce the publishing of the Second Edition of the Sustainable Project Management: The GPM Reference Guide. The guide is 156 pages and is available on Amazon in both paperback and electronic Kindle formats. Sustainable project management is a rapidly growing discipline.

The necessity for Project Management skills: The transition to freelance and project work

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The Only Person that Likes Change is a Baby with a Wet Diaper. Anon By nature we hate change; seldom will we quit our old home till it has actually fallen around our ears. Thomas Carlyle(1795-1881) Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

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Career Paths for Those Interested in Project Management

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“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” Laurence J. Peter. 2011, The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong (p.

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EVM and Agile – Project Reporting

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Context This post was modified from one I developed several years ago for the Mercure AACE 2013 program I took, called W17_PM_EVM-KPI-Reporting. It is a follow on to a recent post “EVM and Agile – Can they work together?“

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Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

Sustainable Development Goal #7 Renewable Energy and Project Management

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This week’s post focuses on SDG #7 of 17, Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. There are three key targets and two sub-targets with with this goal By 2030: Ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services to all people.

Sustainable Development Goal #4 of 17 Quality Education (and Project Management)

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Sustainable Development Goal #4 is a whopper! It has ten targets and in this post I am going to focus on only one part of one target. “By

The Key Attribute of a Project Manager

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I recently enjoyed a discussion on the key attribute of project managers. It stemmed out of a conversation of whether a project manager should just do what they were told, or if they should do their best to deliver the best value and benefits to the organization.

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Sustainable Development Goal #3 and Project Management, ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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Installment #3 of 17 in our series in which we cover each sustainable development goal (SDG) and how projects and project management can contribute to them. This post focuses on SDG number 3, Good Health and Well-being.

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

Managing Sustainable Development Projects Sustainably, an Example.

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We just posted a media release to announce a partnership with Village Green Global, who will sponsor a series of initiatives in the Russel Island, Solomon Islands.

2016 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit Update

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This past week the UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit took place in New York and for the fourth straight year, we took an active role.

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The Sustainable Development Goal to End Hunger. The Role of Projects and Project Management.

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Installment #2 of our series in which we cover each sustainable development goal (SDG) and how projects and project management can contribute to them. Ending Hunger Q. What is the goal?

The Sustainable Development Goal to End Poverty and Project Management

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If you recently watched the webinar I did recently for IPMA on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), you will know that I briefly covered two. By request, I have started a series on our blog to break down each SDG from a PM perspective.

Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?