This is the final blog in our series inspired by the work of the Association’s Sustainability Ambassadors network.
Of the four types of project in Professor Eddie Obeng’s great project typology, foggy projects are by far the most complex and challenging; those projects where you neither have a clear sense of exactly where you are trying to get to, nor do you really know how to get there (wherever that is) and delivering sustainable project management would seem to fall into that category. For foggy projects, Eddie advocates proceeding a step at a time, feeling your way forward until a landmark looms out of the obscurity and enables you to orientate yourself or encourages you to turn around and try in a different direction.
There are three elements that are particularly useful for projects of this kind:
- a large, informed and engaged community of fellow travellers who can call out to each other as they find a path forward;
- a common language so we can all understand what each of us is trying to say in the fog;
- a starting point with some basic waymarkers to provide some early options.
Which brings me to to the resources available from the Major Projects Association:
- Our new sustainability toolkit will direct you to some of the best resources currently available to support project professionals embed sustainability and circular economy principles into the delivery of major projects. These cover a range of data and information analysis tools, industry thought leadership and guidance resources. This is on top of the reports and insight available in our knowledge hub;
- Our glossary of sustainability terms will help you make sense of the often arcane language and the various bodies and models associated with sustainability;
- Whilst items one and two are open access and freely available, finally, of course, the Association itself offers the perfect community of practice; including expert, experienced, professionals from the most significant project organizations in the UK. If your organization delivers major projects, then talk to us about membership.
And, if you’d like to know more about foggy projects and Professor Obeng’s typology, then here is a good place to start.