Project Management Institute

Churchill Downs utilizes enterprise-wide project management office (PMO) to manage project through benefit realization to ensure long-term viability.

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Churchill Downs, the 134-year-old racetrack world famous for its annual Kentucky Derby thoroughbred horse race, implemented a PMO to develop a process for managing the approval, prioritization, oversight and measurement of results for major IT department projects. When early success with critical IT projects won the PMO attention from across the enterprise, business leaders quickly began asking for the PMO’s help on projects outside the technology realm. The department was restructured to become an enterprise PMO, which helps with acknowledging individual project results and more accurately assessing and prioritizing future projects.