Projects at Work

IT @ the Table

The IT department is increasingly visible at the highest corporate levels, affecting how projects are selected, the tools that manage them and perceptions of IT value.

Janis Rizzuto

Contributing Editor, ProjectsAtWork

Janis has been writing for ProjectsAtWork for more than a decade, starti…

If you can't relate to what's going on in Don Haas' IT shop, you soon will. From the tough budget constraints and increased corporate scrutiny to the tools he's using to manage the project portfolio, Haas' challenges reflect core issues in the world of IT project management. As manager of applications development at Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) in Portland, Haas was faced this year with a capital budget seven times smaller than in 2002 because of the recession. At the same time, the governance structure he was used to is changing. TriMet's Information Technology Committee, in place for the past four years and populated by managers from the agency's major…

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