My Job

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Pulling on the RopeMy job as the project manager is to get everyone pulling on the same end of the rope. That includes those who think the rope should be pushed, those who insist that the rope is inadequate, those with objections in principle to using rope, and the rope vendor. Over the years, I’ve come to accept that it’s OK if some folks just watch everyone else pull, as long as the watchers don’t try to coach the pullers.

The Sustainability Manifesto for Projects

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The Sustainability ManifestoGlobal project management thought leaders Rich Maltzman, Paola Morgese, Marisa Silva, and Jennifer Tharp have collaborated to create a movement that expects to change our values: The Sustainability Manifesto for Projects.

“We are uncovering better ways of incorporating Sustainability into Project, Program, and Portfolio Management. Through this work we have come to value:

  • Benefits realization over metrics limited to time, scope, and cost
  • Value for many over value of money
  • The long-term impact of our projects over their immediate results”

They go on to define global sustainability, environmental sustainability, social sustainability, and economic sustainability. They also articulate the benefits of sustainability in projects and provide a two-page list of links to supporting documents, blogs, and articles. Just eight slides, including the list of authors.

I can’t recommend this highly enough. Take the five minutes to read this, and share the ideas in it with your colleagues, your sponsors, and your management team.

We’re changing the world, anyway – let’s ensure we make that change sustainable.

Non-Utilitarian Metrics

My new post at AITS was published this morning. After my usual wise-ass opening, I provide three examples of poor project management metrics and how they were presented, and conclude with a few summary principles for collecting actionable data and presenting it clearly. I’m pretty sure I can squeeze out a few more articles like this, but it would be great to have some input from other project managers and portfolio managers. Leave a comment here or at AITS, and share a story I can repeat. With attribution, of course.

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