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Sustainable PM processes – July 24th, 2019
Interview with Walter Ginevri
Former President of the Project Management Institute – Northern Italian Chapter, Walter Ginevri is currently a board member of the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF). Together with Carlo Notari, another former President of PMI-NIC, he designed, created and made available, through the PMIEF website, a kit to promote the project culture in primary schools. As proof of global success, today this kit is available in 15 languages, including Chinese, Arabic and Swahili. Walter Ginevri says of himself: “The basis of my experience is consulting, training and
coaching. What fascinates me is helping companies to become more efficient by a multidisciplinary, multicultural and multimedia approach to project management. I’m also passionate about helping Project Managers, especially the younger ones, to be truly proud of their profession thanks to the ability to learn, unlearn, learn again. After fourteen years of volunteering for the PMI and its Foundation, they represent my second family, both because they have changed my public and private life, and because they wanted to reward me beyond the merits by giving me the title of PMI Fellows in 2016. “
We asked Walter a few questions about the PM Forum 2019 in October in Milan.
1. What are the opportunities to be seized by participating in the October 2019 Forum and what does an event like this represent in our society?
In the face of a very wide range of thematic events, seminars and workshops, I believe that the choice should be inspired more by the need to ask questions than by finding answers. I say this, as I believe that what is most useful to a project manager is not so much the knowledge of yet another approach / tool to do things with, but the awareness of playing a role which is increasingly asked to be able to face complex situations and able to look beyond the typical constraints associated with any project. In my opinion, “sustainability” is not a fad, but one of the constraints with which companies will increasingly have to know how to deal with if they want to remain competitive. In this evolutionary context, given that projects are the main means of implementing any strategy, project managers must begin to ask themselves how sustainability objectives can be declared in a project charter, incorporated into the solution to be implemented and verified in terms of generated benefits. Therefore, those wishing to start asking themselves these questions and confronting those who have been facing this key issue for companies and society for a long time would do well to register with the PM Forum 2019. I will certainly be there.
2. The 2030 agenda of the UN establishes 17 goals of sustainable development and improvement to be achieved by 2030. What are the links to the PM Forum 2019?
On the 50th anniversary of its foundation, the PMI has invited its members, and PMs in general, to spend on voluntary initiatives linked to the 17 sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations. The response was more than enthusiastic, given that the initial target of 50,000 hours was reached in a few months and we are now very close to
exceeding the 100,000 hours threshold. Personally, I am convinced that this is not a coincidence, but rather the precise will of the PMI to focus on the sustainability of projects by offering innovative approaches to ensure the right balance between the three main directions: people, profit, planet (3P Sustainability). Returning to the theme of the PM Forum 2019, I also believe that, in this case, it is not a coincidence, but rather the desire of the three Italian Chapters to be among the most authoritative witnesses of one of the distinctive factors of the PMI which is to think globally and act locally.
3. Educating the youth is a sustainable action because what you learn when you are young lasts over time. What do you think and what can the project manager community do for education?
Having collaborated with hundreds of professors and students of all levels over the course of more than a decade, I have become convinced that the school represents the “ideal gym” for a project manager interested in growing as a person and as a servant leader. I could bring various arguments and testimonies to support my statement but, given the brevity imposed by the interview, I prefer to address those interested by suggesting to them the book I had the pleasure of writing together with Bernie trilling, another passionate “bridge builder” between education and project management. I specify that the book is published by the PMIEF to which all the proceeds generated by the copies sold go.
4. In the PM Forum 2019, many project managers provide their contribution to organizing the event as volunteers. What does volunteering represent in the PMI community?
The first answer that comes to mind is that of one of the slogans of the PMI that I appreciated most and that says: “What is PMI? I am “. What I can add to those who are doing or want to volunteer for PMI and their Chapters is that you get more than what you give, both from a human and a professional point of view. Also in this case, I have to choose the brevity of the answer and then I limit myself to testify that, after leaving the multinational company where I worked in 2004, I had the possibility to work autonomously thanks to the networking of the PMI and the many contacts which generated more than 70% of new professional opportunities.
5. In Italy the PMI is organized in three chapters: Northern Italy Chapter, Central Italy Chapter and Southern Italy Chapter. What is the value of the collaboration of the three Chapters to the organization of the PM Forum 2019?
Italy, along with Germany and Spain, is among the few countries in Europe to have more than one chapter. If for some this represents an element of weakness, the Italian experience is now widely recognized as a “benchmark” that can inspire, given that the beginning of this collaboration a few years ago has led to a steady growth of members for all three chapters, in addition to the highest retention rate held by the NIC in the last three years.
Interview with Stefano Acbano on the sustainability of major projects
Environmental Sustainability Principle in Project Cycle Management – April 19th, 2019
On April 19th , 2019 The PMI-NIC (Northern Italian Chapter of the Project Management Institute) held a webinar about the environmental sustainability inside the project life cycle management. The webinar outline was:
- Environmental Impacts and Exernalities
- Sustainable Development Model
- Environmental Management System
- Green Certifications Overview
- Green Procurement
- Tools: ERoEI, KEI – Key Environmental Indicators, Ecological Footprint
- IoT for Environmental Monitoring and Control
The Sustainable Development Festival 2019
The Sustainable Development Festival represents the most important Italian contribution to the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) and it will be held for 17 days, from May 21st to June 6th , 2019. The Festival includes many events such as seminars, conventions, workshops, exhibits, shows, book presentations, and local appreciation
events with the main objective to draw the attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and to the dimensions of the 2030 Agenda (from financial education and tools for the design and evaluation of policies to the changes in institutional assets to facilitate the way towards sustainability).
Sustainability is the future for investments. (source: Il Sole 24 ore)
An interesting article was published in the News Portal “Il Sole 24 ore” on the increase in sustainable investments. Currently, the data on Environment, Social and Governance impact (ESG factors) could have
decisive effects on the performance of investments. The demand for sustainable investments will increase rapidly over the next ten years. For further information, read this article at the following link
Some of the sustainability objectives that the UN has set are summarized in social sustainability, understood as the ability to guarantee conditions of human well-being: safety, health, education, democracy, participation, justice, social cohesion.
The centralized state model of social support went into crisis due to the costs and, in some societies, a new model appeared in which the public body, the private subjects and the third sector, all together, filled the holes left open (for health, pensions, subsidies, education, etc.).
Private companies devote more and more relevant resources to support measures for employees; the so-called third sector has become more effective with social enterprises, coop, foundations. Another contribution to the objective is given by an adequate construction of a platform for meeting the needs and the availability in which the bearer of needs does not feel humiliated to receive support, precisely because he can exchange services, for example: the retired lady who cares for the children of the building and then asks their parents to bring her groceries home so she won’t take the stairs.
Today some companies see themselves as an active part of this cultural transformation, and the awareness of being a center of skills and resources to be involved and activated gradually grows in them. We start talking about circular subsidiarity after having dealt for years with vertical subsidiarity (eg. administrative decentralization) or horizontal (where the rudder is in the hands of the public body, which is often forced to comply with the maximum discount rate). Circular subsidiarity, on the other hand, is the possible evolution and consists of a sort of triangle of co-activations: the public sector, the business community and the world of organized civil society interact with each other on the basis of established protocols to define the priorities of social intervention, and to find the most effective management methods to achieve the shared objectives. Today there are virtuous examples of the application of this interaction in some municipalities and in regions such as Tuscany, Trentino and Emilia Romagna. Considering how good the idea is, its realization and variation according to the different cultures is by now an organizational problem where the application of known models would allow to reach the objectives in the right time, without wasting money and with the quality that would require sustainability. A field of Project Management.
Sustainability, the theme of the upcoming 2019 Forum, is already a reality in some organizations; it is something very practical and not a simple list of abstract wishes and unreachable goals. We’ve gathered sustainability stories from many sponsors and NIC volunteer project managers to reinforce this belief and also having in mind it will provide significant contribution for the Forum’s discussions.
Paolo Breglia, a new CIC volunteer who contributes with the definition of the Forum’s agenda, speakers and content, has coordinated a volunteer team working on the selection of the most significant stories on sustainability as defined by the Forum.
We asked him some questions about these activities.
1. Why was there a need to gather project stories?
The goal of gathering project stories is to introduce and share with Forum participants real field experiences of project managers who have interpret their role in a “sustainable” way.
Such experiences will certainly give way to new ideas, cues, moments of reflection and lead us during the implementation of projects we may be called to manage in the near future.
2. Tell us about the criteria and selection process adopted to choose the project stories.
The selection process was created, with great care, to guarantee an adequate result, with the utmost freedom and equanimity of judgment, considering the restricted timing required by the process itself and the complex task for the candidates in summarizing in a few lines their experiences as Project Managers, revisited from the sustainability standpoint.
The selection was carried out anonymously by the evaluators, based on four criteria defined and shared before the launch of the Call for Papers and aimed at rewarding the originality, congruence and quality of the exhibition.
Only I was aware of the author-to-paper relation and I obviously did not participate in the selection in any way.
The team expressed its quantitative assessment based on these criteria for all twenty-one Stories received, simultaneously and independently. We then integrated all the numerical evaluations and drew up a general ranking. A discussion table was held on the reflections and motivations that led to the appreciation of one or other aspects of the top six papers (which had a significant detachment from the rest).
The work of this table led to the identification of three Project Stories to be presented at the Forum 2019, suggesting to the board that the other three be presented during the events “Towards the Forum”.
This phase of the selection was also carried out with total anonymity of the authors of the stories.
3. Can we talk about sustainability for non-environmental themes?
Certainly the variations of the concept of “sustainability” are manifold: environmental, economic, social, psychological, etc. In my opinion, all of them can find a confirmation and an interpretation also in the PM role and be the subject of attention when we are conducting any kind of project.
4. The design technique, as understood by the PMI, is independent from the project scope. With that in mind, what is sustainability for a project manager?
From my personal experience and the enrichment cues I caught in the proposed project stories, I believe it is “taking care” of people, a constant commitment to make the project sustainable in terms of results, physical and psychological well-being, satisfaction, professional growth, compatibility with family and social life, impact on the environment, with ALL stakeholders involved.
A project can certainly be described in terms of Time, Cost, Quality and Scope, but in reality its substance is all the resources it involves. Using, perhaps improperly, a teaching by Don Milani, I would say “I care”: if I take care of it, I make it sustainable.
Angelo Leva, NIC PMP volunteer