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Jäte-aate projekti project picture

Jäte-aate projekti is a pilot project at Tampere University of Applied Sciences testing long-term economical sustainability of storage containers for bio-waste. This idea maps dangers project can encounter.

Jäte-aate projekti is a project conducted as a pilot for future utilization of long-term storage containers for bio-waste. Carried out in restaurant of Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu, it is testing whether long-term collection of bio-waste is sustainable when leading to creation of sufficient amount of raw material for industry.
When agreed upon by all parties involved (that is a prerequisite for its actual creation) it could be considered as a low risk pilot experiment. However, there are still many mostly minor constraints which could lead to problems during its operation.

If we take a look on a project from methodology of project portrait (see attached picture below text), I have judged project as risky in two aspects especially – organizational and business. On the other hand, two last aspects are seen as low risk from my point of view, because many of possible issues were already solved in ahead, before project start.
Let’s begin from these low risk areas. Political picture (i.e. showing opposing interests) is of not so significant danger, as project intentions were agreed upon by all important sides. Although, there still could be complications on restaurant personnel’ side, if the staff will not fully embrace this pilot. Technical picture has also low risk profile, because in this project, technology is not created, but only tested. And this testing is not of technical side, but economical.

On the other hand it is field related to which pilot is testing, i.e. business picture, which could be highly problematic since running costs are virtually unclear in long term. Related to fact that this is one of first projects of this aim, costs involved could be only estimated and nobody can guarantee that there won’t appear new kinds of them – related for example to storage or logistics.

Last area – organizational picture – can also pose some constraints. Although project was agreed and planned, there is a serious question, if all sided involved really understand what this project means for them from a long term (since it will run for several years). Consequences could be underestimated and not covered to full details.

Nevertheless, Jäte-aate projekti is from my point of view very safe project. Despite mentioned setbacks (and some other problems which can occur in projects in general – such as leave of one of person involved etc.), I don’t think that any of them is so serious that it could threat existence of the project from the beginning, although it is still needed to monitor this areas and act quickly when some problems on this side will appear.

Your idea/solution in one sentence: Project is a low risk, although it can face problems in economical and organizational parts.

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