>>IT ISN’T EASY BEING
Finding green IT
software for project management is a surprisingly difficult task. Not because project
managers haven’t been talking about incorporating green
thinking into their processes.
No, the issue with green IT
software for project management is far more fundamental.
Simply put, the options are
few and far between.
But that doesn’t mean project managers have to wait around for software developers to catch up. A number of existing tools can help infuse sustainability into an organization’s portfolio—and make developers see the need for more robust products.
“It doesn’t surprise me that there aren’t many green project management tools,” says
Tom Mochal, PMP, president of TenStep Inc., a methodology development, training and
consulting company in Kennesaw, Georgia, USA. “Green tool vendors are going to follow the demand. Although we’ve been talking about green project management for
years, I haven’t gotten the sense that it’s gotten into the mainstream. As more people
apply it to their projects, software vendors will start adding it to their tools as well.”
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“There is some general low-hanging fruit—simple things
like reducing the number of meetings,” says David Shirley,
PMP, co-founder of the blog Earth PM and co-author of
the book Green Project Management [CRC Press, 2010].
He frames green thinking in terms of project costs:
What is the full impact of every part of the project,
from fossil fuels to the cost of disposing of old hardware? He says that, contrary to popular belief, there’s
often a link between a project’s environmental