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What is PRiSM?

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PRiSM (Projects integrating Sustainable Methods)

PRiSM is a process-based, structured methodology for managing projects. The methodology highlights areas of sustainability and integrates them into the traditional core project phases to reduce negative environmental and social impacts in all project types using the GPM P5 Standard.

PRiSM is a process-based, structured methodology for managing projects. The methodology highlights areas of sustainability and integrates them into the traditional core project phases to reduce negative environmental and social impacts in all project types using the GPM P5 Standard.

PRiSM is cut from the same cloth as the globally accepted standards for professional project management. These standards are the “books of knowledge” as they are known to project managers. The PRiSM methodology includes a framework of activities derived from ISO 21500, 14001, 26000, 50001, and 9001, focusing on specific areas and incorporates best practices to practically answer the question: "How do I apply sustainability into my projects?”

 

Why PRiSM?

In 2008, the International Project Management Association’s World Congress, Vice-President Mary McKinlay touched on the need to create a corollary between Project Management and Sustainability stating “the further development of the project management profession requires project managers to take responsibility for sustainability." It is the intersection of two different concepts. Project management by definition is a finite, structured function with a specific start point and end point. Sustainability by definition is on-going and is perpetual and regenerative when promoted and managed properly. The key is to begin the sustainability process in the beginning and to incorporate the management and employment of sustainability as part of the creation and planning process—not just as a part of the production life-cycle of a delivered project. This shift from the norm is a unique quality of PRiSM

In a study conducted by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) three 'hard skills' were listed as the most critical for success working in the field of sustainability. Chief among the three “hard skills” was Project Management. Project management is seen as a focal point to begin the process.

PRiSM starts the sustainability focus during the project initiation phase using a P5 Risk Analysis to ensure that any potential risks from a social or environmental aspect can be addressed prior to in depth planning.

A primary reason sustainability in project management is still in the early adoption phase is due to the perception that projects are short term finite engagements (A life-cycle with a precise beginning and endpoint, focusing on the short term). Sustainability focuses on "cradle to cradle" or "cradle to grave" which is a long term view that encompasses the product's entire economic life which falls outside the lines of traditional project management. PRiSM is designed to account and improve the product's sustainability impacts during the project lifecycle using processes that ensure the outcome is measured for social and environmental impact and can be highlighted as part of the organization's sustainability report.

The Strengths of PRiSM

PRiSM has several features that are new to the professional project management field which easily distinguishing it from other project management methodologies. Its true strength lies in its ease of use, and straightforward approach. PRiSM’s features supplement what each body of knowledge provides, through practical, social and environmentally conscious, and repeatable approach.

One of the most significant of PRISM's features is the concept of the Sustainability Management Plan which is a set of controls that govern aspects of a project to consider five measurable elements (People, Planet, Profit, Process, and Product) and how they relate to the delivery of projects. Each element is measured individually and in total to give a 360 degree perspective.

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What is at the core of PRiSM?

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Studies have shown that 25% of funded technology projects fail and that number can rise as high as 30% for product oriented projects.  A project failure can be one that consumes resources and fails to deliver its objectives and that failure can be attributed to any one or a number of factors in combination.  Some of these factors include the effort exceeding its budget, the project exceeding its time, the project proceeding with an invalid business case, a lack of attention to quality, insufficient planning, poor communication with stakeholders, poor time and cost management, insufficient monitoring and control, or even simple confusion on which members of the team are doing what.  Project management as a profession exists to address those risk factors individually and as a whole by adding a structured approach that is repeatable and process driven. 

Understanding the risk factors, conducting work to a structured plan, and managing the resources assigned to complete the tasks is the core function of a successful project manager since the structure and methods employed are designed as a methodology to promote project success.  The ability to leverage the structure, knowledge, and tools of a professional project manager means that by definition, the project has the greatest chance to succeed and delivery the results intended.  So, from the validation of the business case and finalization of the project scope which breathes life into the project, the race is on to achieve the objectives, close out the engagement, and then move on to the next project.

This is only a limited view of what project management is or, rather what it can be by PRiSM's standards.  Traditional project managers are conducting their activities with a methodology whose focus is too narrow and the organization requesting the output of that project may get what they asked for, but ultimately not what they need.

The triple bottom line is a concept known as people, planet, and profit.  This concept encompasses a wide spectrum of values and ideals for measuring the success of an organization in three different areas:  economic, ecological, and social.  The concept of PRiSM is a paradigm shift from the triple bottom line by identifying that three criteria are simply not enough alone.  Utilizing the PRiSM methodology, the Green Project Manager places an emphasis on P5, or the five bottom lines:  People, Planet, Profit, Product, and Process.  This focus means that the Project Manager has to become an innovation agent as much as a team leader and process driver, considering what the long-term impacts are to the project output as a part of the planning and creation phase and forging sustainability before the output life cycle begins.

Using the PRiSM method, projects are aligned with either the organizational environmental management system, or a custom set of standards to ensure that the effort has as little impact on the environment as possible. GPM's environmental management plan serves as a guide to tether all aspects of the project plan towards environmental stewardship.

PRiSM is mapped to the IPMA competence baseline and places emphasis on the following three areas:

Contextual competences

 

Technical competences

Behavioral competences

  • Project orientation
  • Program orientation
  • Portfolio orientation
  • Project program & portfolio implementation
  • Permanent organization
  • Business
  • Systems, products & technology
  • Personnel management
  • Health, security, & safety
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Project management success
  • Interested parties
  • Project requirements & objectives
  • Risk & opportunity
  • Quality
  • Project organization
  • Teamwork
  • Problem resolution
  • Project structures
  • Scope & deliverables
  • Time & project phases
  • Resources
  • Cost & finance
  • Procurement & contract
  • Changes
  • Control & reports
  • Information & documentation
  • Communication
  • Start-up
  • Close-out
  • Leadership
  • Engagement & motivation
  • Self-control
  • Assertiveness
  • Relaxation
  • Openness
  • Creativity
  • Results orientation
  • Efficiency
  • Consultation
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict & crisis
  • Reliability
  • Values appreciation
  • Ethics

 

ISO Integration

Normative Standards
ISO 9000
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ISO 14000 - Environmental Management Standard

ISO 50001-  Energy Management Standard

 

Guidelines

ISO 26000 - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

ISO 21500 – Guidance on Project Management

 

The P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management

The GPM P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management
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Consumers, investors, shareholders and even competitors are basing their decisions on what to buy or invest in, and from whom, based on what companies report on.


Establishing global metrics for sustainability is no easy task as each business is unique and what may be an apple to one company could be an orange to another. The GRI G4 guidelines require that companies disclose what is relevant to their business (G4 sustainability reporting, 2013).

A challenge to true cradle-to-cradle reporting is what companies are omitting from their reports. There is an adage, “you cannot report what you cannot measure." P5 provides a measurable framework for portfolios, programs and projects, that are by definition different, to be considered for inclusion to reports.

John Elkington, founder of the British consultancy called SustainAbility, first used the phrase “the triple bottom line” in the 1990s in his book Cannibals with Forks (Elkington, 1997). His argument was that companies should be leveraging three separate bottom lines. One is the traditional measure of corporate profit, the profit and loss account. The second is the bottom line of a company’s “people” or “social account,” which is a measure of how socially responsible organization’s operations are.

The third is the bottom line of the company’s “planet” account—a measure of how environmentally impacting they are. The triple bottom line
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(TBL) therefore consists of three Ps: people, planet and profit. It aims to measure the organization of the corporation over a period. According to Elkington, only a company that produces a TBL is accounting for the full cost involved in doing business.

A challenge to the triple bottom line is that the three separate accounts cannot easily be quantified. It is difficult to measure the planet and people accounts in the same terms as profits are measured—that is, in terms of profitability.

The full cost of the BP Deep-Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, in April of 2010, for example, is probably immeasurable in monetary terms, as is the cost of industrialization from an environmental or social perspective, the cost of depriving children of their freedom to learn, as a result, of making them work at a young age.

Sustainability in project management is not as easy as simply flipping paper over to use the other side or carpooling to team meetings as some might suggest. It is the incorporation of elements that are standardized by the International Standards Organization (ISO), the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles (UNGC) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G4) Reporting Framework to a project management process which can be measured, applied and utilized to produce benefit to the organization by reducing the project’s impact on the eco-environment, the economy and society.

The GPM P5 standard is a tool originally developed in August 2011 to define what and how to measure a project for sustainability-related impacts. Organizations that produce sustainability reports can utilize the tool to provide a greater level of transparency in their organization by including information on projects that compliments the existing method or reporting on supply chains.

   
 
 
       
 
 
 
The P5 Standard, impact analysis and the Sustainability Management Plan are all taught in the GPM courses. 
Further reading: 
Carboni, J., Gonzalez, M., Hodgkinson, J., "The GPM Guide to Sustainability in Project Management." 
 
 

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PRiSM Foundations Training

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Building a foundational understanding of the practical integration of sustainablility and project management.

Attendees will gain a foundational-working understanding of the practical application of project management skills and techniques centered on the award winning PRiSM methodology and GPM P5 standard for sustainability in project management.

To support the learning experience, there will be exercises and assignments to ensure that the new techniques are retained and immediately relevant.

At the end of training participants will be able to:

  1. Define what Sustainability in Project Management or "Green Project Management"is 
  2. Define the differences between a green project and standard project management
  3. Define what it take to be a GPM
  4. Define what it means to increase value through gren and sustainable processes
  5. Understand the PRiSM methodology
  6. Understand how to utilize the P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management.
  7. Define the basic principles of the project management processes, phases, and knowledge areas from a sustainable perspective.

Course Length: 1 day - 8 hours

Target Audience: Project & Program Managers, project coordinators, management, business analysts, CSR Directors, CSOs, & Sustainability coordinators,

Prerequisites: While knowledge and base experience of project management and/or environmental management would be helpful, it is not necessary.

Course Material: All courses are revised annually and offer up-to date training provided by leading project managers and internationally experienced educators. The courses are highly relevant for senior project managers, project consultants, program managers and project management educators.

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PRiSM Integrations Training

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Build a foundational understanding of how sustainability integrates with project management through this one of a kind online workshop.

By using PRiSM, a project methodology and toolset developed by GPM that incorporates ISO:14001, ISO 50001, ISO 26000, and ISO 9001 best practices and governance with project delivery, you will be able to weave sustainable methods into the fabric of projects, expanding your impact beyond scope and deliverables to five bottom lines that define the health of the organization as a whole. At the end of this workshop you have the knowledge to make a direct impact on your projects and ultimately on your organization.

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Define what Sustainability in Project Management or "Green Project Management"is 
  • Define P5, the five bottom lines of sustainability and project management.
  • Define the differences between a green project and standard project management
  • Define what it take to be a GPM
  • Understand how to develop a sustainability management plan
  • Understand the sustainability integrators to knowledge areas and process groups.
  • Define the ISO Standards from a project management perspective including:
    • ISO 21500 Guidance on Project Management
    • ISO 50001 The Energy Management Standard
    • ISO 14001 The Environmental Management Standard
    • ISO 9001 Principles of Quality Management
    • ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility

Course Length: 3 hours

Location: Virtual Classroom

Target Audience: Project & Program Managers, project coordinators, management, business analysts, CSR Directors, CSOs, & Sustainabilty coordinators,

Prerequisites: An understanding of project management is preferred.

System Requirements: A web browser and a web cam. Our virtual classroom functions on iPads, iPhone, and Android as well.

Course Materials: Course participants will receive templates and tools that are taught in the course.

Register for the next PRiSM Integrations course!

PRiSM Practitioner Training

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Improve the way projects align with your organization's corporate social responsibility goals and objectives by learning how to apply sustainable methods to your project delivery using the PRiSM™ Methodology.   

About this course.

SP13RTC001We have taken project management training to a new level. PRiSM Practitioner imparts methodology to align project delivery with corporate social responsibility and business strategy by blending best practices from five ISO standards. Our unique EnVex approach offers the opportunity to work on “real life” scenarios and enables participants to return to their projects with a blueprint that can be implemented immediately.
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Is the course for people new in the role of project management? What about Sustainability Professionals?

Yes. This course teaches best-practices for managing projects and leverages the new ISO 21500 (Guidance for Project Management) using straight forward explanations and
appeals to all levels of experience. Participants are usually:

  • Project Professionals who want a better understanding of projects and project management processes.
  • Individuals who are part of a project team and want to understand project management concepts in greater detail.
  • Individuals who want to understand how sustainability can be applied to their project delivery.
  • Organizations who want to projectize their sustainability strategy or apply their sustainability strategy to their project office.
  • Sustainability Professionals and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR ) officers who want to learn how to manage projects.

What will I learn in the course?
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  • Project Management Standards based on ISO 21500 'Guidance for Project Management.'
  • Knowledge on Project Management Competence based on the IPMA® ICB® 3.0
  • Sustainability and Project Process Integration.
  • The PRiSM™ Methodology.
  • Social, Economic, & Environmental Sustainability, Project Process, and Project Products as measurable bottom lines and Key Performance Indicators.
  • How to measure and report on your projects using 13 GRI Indicators and the 34 Project Sustainability Elements.
  • Sustainability Management Planning (SMP) and Risk.
  • How the UN Global Compact's 10 Principles align with Project Management.
  • ISO Standards from a project management perspective including:
    • ISO 21500 Guidance on Project Management
    • ISO 50001 The Energy Management Standard
    • ISO 14001 The Environmental Management Standard
    • ISO 9001 Principles of Quality Management
    • ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility

What exactly will I take away from the course?

  • The confidence and ability to integrate Sustainability with Project Management;
  • The understanding of the differences between a green project and sustainability based project management;
  • A working knowledge of the practical application of skills and techniques of PRiSM™.
  • The ability to manage to the P5™ concept and to ensure the checklist of sustainability is managed throughout a business change or project;
  • Explain the benefits of added value through introducing sustainability processes;
  • How to develop and use a Project Sustainability Management Plan and use the sustainability calculator;

Does this course prepare me for a professional certification?

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  • This course will provide all of the knowledge to prepare for the GPM-b Certification Exam. 
  • This course, being IPMA Registered, also prepares the participant for the IPMA Level D® Certification (check with provider to ensure national alignment)

Where can I take this course?

Our courses are offered by some of the world's premier training organizations and learning institutions. To request a course for your organization or to find out when an upcoming course is scheduled, visit our training provider page.

Course Length: 4 Days, totaling 30 hours

Do you have questions about the course?  Check out our FAQ's or contact us.  We can setup a webinar to walk you through the course outline and even develop a customized program for your organization.


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SP2 - Sustainable PRINCE2®

SP2logosmSP2 is a GPM course that takes the fundemental sustainability elements of PRiSM and integrates them into a PRINCE2® theme.

PRINCE2® is a process-based approach for project management which provides an easily tailored and scaleable method for the management of all types of projects. It is a universally accepted, process-based method for effective project management, used extensively by the UK Government as well as the private sector (both in the UK and internationally) as offering best practice guidance on project management. SP2 infuses PRINCE2® with elements from our PRiSM Methodology and training to ensure sustainable outcomes.

 What is Sustainability in Project Management?

Corporate Social Responsibility is playing an increasingly large role in how consumers, stakeholders, employees, and competitors view organizations and the demand for skilled project managers that can apply sustainable methods to projects is in high demand. The GPM-b certification aims to show the benefits that can be gained from adopting sustainability based project delivery approach while covering the full processes and activities required to fully integrating the P5 framework into their own working practices and project delivery methodologies such as PRINCE2®.

Why take this course?

Organisations need to be assured the individuals that manage their projects can integrate methods to achieve sustainability goals and still achieve project specific objectives. Project Managers need credentials that validate their proficiency with these specialized qualities. As Social and Environmental Stewardship is increasingly becoming the top driver for business success, with issues such as global warming, pollution, depletion of natural resources, energy efficiency and energy conservation in the headlines on a daily basis. These factors need to be taken into account in all project phases, in the use of the product and in its decommissioning and disposal.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Integrate Sustainability into your Project Management processes
  • Explain the differences between a standard project and sustainability based project management
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the practical application of sustainability skills and techniques
  • Manage to the P5 concept and to ensure the checklist of sustainability is managed throughout a business change or project
  • Explain the benefits of added value through introducing sustainability processes
  • How to develop and use a Project Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) and other project specific tools
  • Describe the basic principles of the sustainability project management processes and life-cycle phases
  • Learn the basics of Sustainability centred ISO Standards and how they relate to projects

Course Duration - Two days

What next?

The courses is available now in the Netherlands with a full public schedule, along with blended and online versions to support successfully taking and completing the GPM-b (Green Project Manager) certification.  

SP2 also incorporates the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles for Sustainable Development, the UN's Post 2015 Business Engagement Architecture, the GRI G4 Reporting Framework, and encompasses ISO 50001 The Energy Management Standard, ISO 14001 The Environmental Management Standard and ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility, ISO 9001 The Quality Management Standard, and ISO 21500 Guidance on Project Management.

The progam is available through Oppidum in the Netherlands and Training Byte Size in the UK, and ATsolve in Australia.  Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

PRINCE2® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited.

 

SAPM - Sustainable Agile Project Management

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Sustainable Agile Project Management is a GPM course that integrates the fundamental sustainability elements of PRiSM into the Agile Project Management (AgilePM®) methodology.

 

How is Sustainability integrated into AgilePM®?

A new Principle is added for Sustainability, a new Practice to address Sustainability throughout the lifecycle and a product, the Sustainability Management Plan, which incorporates the organisation’s strategy on sustainability and the environment and how it applies to the project at hand. The objectives, activities and other management products of the method that require some element of addressing sustainability are also highlighted. Elements of sustainability that need to be included in different areas of the product lifecycle phases are also incorporated.

AgilePM® is an iterative-based approach for project management, based on the proven DSDM Atern Project Framework. It provides an easily tailored and scaleable method for the management of all types of projects. It is a universally accepted, iterative development based method for effective project delivery, used more and more by the UK Government as well as the private sector (both in the UK and internationally). SAPM infuses AgilePM® with elements from our PRiSM Methodology and training to ensure sustainable outcomes.

SAPM also incorporates the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles for Sustainable Development, the UN’s Post 2015 Business Engagement Architecture, the GRI G4 Reporting Framework, and encompasses The Energy Management Standard ISO 50001, The Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001 and Guidance on Social Responsibility ISO 26000, The Quality Management Standard ISO 9001, and Guidance on Project Management ISO 21500.

What is Sustainability in Project Management?

Corporate Social Responsibility is playing an increasingly large role in how consumers, stakeholders, employees, and competitors view organizations and the demand for skilled project managers that can apply sustainable methods to projects is in high demand. The GPM-b certification aims to show the benefits that can be gained from adopting sustainability based project delivery approach while covering the full processes and activities required to fully integrating the P5 framework into their own working practices and project delivery methodologies such as AgilePM.

Why take this course?

As you will already have AgilePM® Practitioner certification, this course will enable you to go further and understand how to achieve the organization’s Sustainability goals in your projects when using AgilePM®.  At the end of the course, you will then be able to take the short version exam (only 50 questions and 1 hour duration instead of 150 questions and 3hrs duration taken at the end of the PRiSM course) due to the Recognition of Prior Learning path (RPL). Passing this exam will earn you GPM-b® certification, which leads to GPM® and GPM-m® certifications (both competency based). 

Organisations need to be assured the individuals that manage their projects can integrate methods to achieve sustainability goals and still achieve project specific objectives. Project Managers need credentials that validate their proficiency with these specialized qualities. As Social and Environmental Stewardship is increasingly becoming the top driver for business success, with issues such as global warming, pollution, depletion of natural resources, energy efficiency and energy conservation in the headlines on a daily basis. These factors need to be taken into account in all project phases, in the use of the product and in its decommissioning and disposal.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Integrate Sustainability into your Project Management processes
  • Explain the differences between a standard project and sustainability based project management
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the practical application of sustainability skills and techniques
  • Manage to the P5 concept and to ensure the checklist of sustainability is managed throughout a business change or project
  • Explain the benefits of added value through introducing sustainability processes
  • How to develop and use a Project Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) and other project specific tools
  • Describe the basic principles of the sustainability project management processes and life-cycle phases
  • Understand how to integrate Sustainability into the AgilePM lifecycle, products and practices.
  • Learn the basics of Sustainability centred ISO Standards and how they relate to projects

What next?

The courses are being launched in the UK in May, and will be rolled out globally with a full public schedule, along with blended and online versions, to support successfully taking and completing the GPM-b (Green Project Manager level b) certification.  

DSDM, Atern and AgilePM are Registered Trade Marks of Dynamic Systems Development Method Limited.

Why Sustainability in Project Management?

Project Management, the discipline of planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources to achieve a specific goal has been continuously evolving since the times of early civilization.

For Example: The Great Pyramid in Egypt was constructed in roughly 2,500 BCE with the theory laid out by John Romer, a British Egyptologist, suggesting that 200,000 men divided into two teams and further subdivided into groups of 20,000 skilled workers took 14 years to construct it laying out parts of a plan on the ground. An early project management plan?

While John’s theory isn't the only one out there, from purely a project management perspective, it is easy to see that even early project management skills had value and contributed to the most prolific efforts in history.

It wasn't until the mid-20th century however when Project Management as a discipline began to take on a definitive form with the Pioneering minds of Henry Gantt who developed the Gantt chart and Henri Fayol the architect of the five management functions that are the basis of today’s various bodies of knowledge.

Tools, techniques, methods and standards continue to be honed and streamlined by organizations, both public and private. Certifications based on a project manager’s ability execute, based the use of these standards, give further credence to the discipline.

Sustainability in Project Management / Green Project Management

Since the adoption of ISO 14001, which exists to help organizations minimize how their operations impact the environment and comply with applicable laws, the subject of sustainability through project management had remained nebulous at best as there had been a lack of continuity among organizations who desired to use project management as the mechanism to impart change.

As an organization, GPM Global is working to streamline and promote the practical application of green project management® to decouple environmental degradation from economic prosperity.

PRiSM employs methods to measure value on five levels. Our set of best practices augment the current bodies of knowledge so that when employed, organizations can better understand how they contribute to their carbon footprint and can thus take measures to decrease it without sacrificing their business.

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