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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.

Award Winning

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GPM was awarded an IPMA Achievement Award in 2013 for our project to develop PRiSM and the corresponding initiatives. Use it as the sustainable way for your company to deliver products and services!

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