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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.”

A Warning about Models

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Due to the complexity of sustainability and social responsibility, we use a lot of models.

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.”

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.”

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?

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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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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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!”

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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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.

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

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.

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 […].

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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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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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

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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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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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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So… What is a Project?

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“All is flux, nothing stays still.” ” – Heraclitus “The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” ” – Alfred North Whitehead When I ask “what is a project?”

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Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

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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Challenges with Using PERT for Estimating

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This post was modified from one I developed several years ago for the Mercure AACE 2013 program I took, called W5_PM_PERT-Challenges. I am still surprised that with the number of project managers I meet who recommend this technique, which effectively puts the Flaw of Averages on steroids.

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.

The Importance of Mentorship

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When I was doing my undergrad in the early 90’s, it was widely understood that when you graduate and find an entry-level job, the employer would provide you with the training and development to ensure your success in your role.

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The Business Opportunity of Embedded Analytics: New Findings from 500+ Application Teams

Speaker: Josh Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Embedded analytics has evolved from an afterthought to a necessity. But most companies don’t realize that the features they embed and how they develop have a lasting impact on revenue, customer churn, and competitive differentiation. The state of embedded analytics in 2018 is in flux. Learn from the experiences of 500+ application teams embedding analytics—including which features actually move the needle, how analytics benefits their companies, and what development approach yields the best results.

Sustainable Development Goal #17 of 17. Partnership for the Goals and Project Management.

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At the UN Global Compact Leadership Summit, our 5th, as a stakeholder, it was stated as part of the plenary that business cannot thrive if the people and the planet aren’t. This also includes that the 17 UN SDGs are on target. They are universal, transcend borders, industry, and societies.

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.

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The Advantages of Conflict in Projects

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“The absence of conflict is not harmony, it’s apathy” (Eisenhardt) “God does not play dice” (Einstein)… would God be so cruel to structure so much conflict if it could not be constructive (Tjosvold)? I come from a Canadian middle class family with a British lineage.

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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

A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

Mother Earth vs. Humanity

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“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” ” Albert Einstein I recently watched a Google talk on YouTube by Alex Epstein called ‘The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels’.

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Sustainable Estimating

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The only certainty is that nothing is certain. Pliny the Elder, Roman scholar, 23-79 CE Our culture encodes a strong bias either to neglect or ignore variation. We tend to focus instead on measures of central tendency, and as a result we make some terrible mistakes, often with considerable practical import. Stephen Jay Gould, naturalist, […]. The post Sustainable Estimating appeared first on Delivering a better world, one project at a time. Entries

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.

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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Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Early stage startups in particular may not need a four year business plan, but they need to start building out a model which will show how they can someday be profitable. At the very least, they need to be able to see the impact of a change in retention rates to their user growth.

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.

7 ways for projects managers to make your projects sustainable

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Last week I was asked to deliver a keynote presentation on sustainable project management to an audience of project managers in Australia at an Australian Institute of Project Management event.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 Peace & Justice, Strong institutions and Project Management

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SDG 16 of 17 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. This is an important SDG for project management.

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How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. We had trouble measuring product progress until just before release—often too late to change anything. Join Johanna as she discusses how agile approaches change what we measure, and possible measures you might use in projects, programs, and to assess the product as the team(s) build it.