Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Get 8 PDUs and 40% discount on PRiSM Foundations eLearning Pilot

This in from Joel Carboni of Green PM -- looks like a great deal!

GPM Global has just finalized its 2013 PRiSM (Projects integrating Sustainable Methods) Foundations course material refresh and will be running a web-based pilot on July 2 and 3. Each class will accommodate 15 people on a first-come first-served basis and costs 40% less than the traditional classroom style course.

This is the perfect way to spend the two days before the 4th of July holiday! 

Attendees will gain a foundational working understanding of the practical application of skills and techniques centered on PRiSM, a sustainability-centered project delivery and governance methodology. Exercises and assignments will support the learning experience, to ensure that the new techniques are retained and immediately relevant.

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

- Define Sustainability in Project Management or "Green Project Management”  
- Define the differences between a green project and standard project management
- Define what it takes to be a GPM
- Define what it means to increase value through green processes
- Understand the PRiSM project delivery method
- Understand the five measurable bottom lines and how they pertain to project management
- Define the basic principles of the project management processes, phases, and knowledge areas from a sustainable viewpoint

This course is also available as an onsite one-day offering -- but with the online pilot, you will save %40!

Learn the practical application of Green Project Management® and the project delivery method. 

When: July 2 and 3, 8 am - noon Pacific Time.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Objection handling for green project managers

Green project managers often find themselves in the position of having to justify incorporating sustainability in their projects. You may find yourself trying to convince organizations that sustainability is in their interest, in the face of objections like:

  • It's not one of our current strategic objectives.
  • The benefits are intangible and the ROI is too low.
  • We're facing a lack of political will.
  • We can't afford it.
  • We're just too busy to deal with this.

The list goes on, and at times it may seem daunting trying to introduce sustainability as an integral part of project management.

But you're not alone -- there's help available!

In February of this year, a group of sustainability professionals gathered in Toronto and discussed these issues at a workshop, part of the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series. Their excellent tips and recommendations can be found in this free discussion paper.

Check it out! And please share any tips and advice you may have from your own experience as a green project manager.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Free Green Project Management webinar

We just heard about an exciting opportunity to learn more about green PM!

The authors of Green Project Management, Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley, will be hosting a free "lunch and learn" webinar on Green Project Management on May 16. (Note that it's lunch on the east coast and will be at 9:00 am Pacific Time.)

As noted in the webinar announcement:

"They will discuss 5 Key Assertions from their book –
  1. Doing the right thing helps the project team do things right. 
  2. Green PM helps better equip your team respond to project risks. 
  3. Green PM helps the project and the product of the project. 
  4. An environmental lens, including life cycle thinking, is a necessary part of a PM's toolbox. 
  5. Greenality, like quality, must be planned in, not bolted on 
And share 5 things you can do now to apply sustainability in your career and your projects.

Their book teaches project managers how to maximize resources and get the most out of limited budgets. It supplies proven techniques and best practices in green project management, including risk and opportunity assessments."

Don't miss this opportunity -- register here.