Discussion: Managing a Socially Relevant Project

It is almost certain that you have worked on or managed projects that included social elements. Virtually every project has the potential for positive or negative impact economically, ethically, legally, or socially. Current project management practices do not always highlight these aspects of projects, particularly if the sponsoring organization does not embrace corporate social responsibility or consider it a strategic objective. The global focus on responsible business practices and accountability is changing how businesses operate. The way we manage projects must follow suit.

For this Discussion:

1-What are the benefits of incorporating social responsibility and sustainability principles into project management practices? What are the challenges? Provide at least one example of each.

2- Where in the project life cycle would the greatest change in project management practices be needed? Explain.

3- Which project management processes might need to be altered? Explain.

4- In what ways would the incorporation of social responsibility and sustainability principles impact the definition of project success? 

Required Reading :

Project Management Institute. (2017). A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Sixth edition. Newtown Square, PA: Author. Chapter 5, “Project Scope Management” Section 5.2, “Collect Requirements” (pp. 138–149) Section 5.3, “Define Scope” (pp. 150–155) Section 5.4, “Create WBS” (pp. 156–162)

These sections of the PMBOK (PMBOK® Guide) describe the process for collecting project requirements, defining the scope of a project, and documenting the project scope in a work breakdown structure (WBS).

– https://greenprojectmanagement.org/the-p5-standard

– https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/incorporating-environmentalism-project-management-5957

– https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/project-management-global-sustainability-6393