Collaboration creates a culture of project management

With multifaceted projects slated for our highways and bridges, the need for effective project management is at an all time high in the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). But, project management is not part of a typical engineer's background and the entire organization has never fully embraced project management as a way of life. Changing employee skill-sets and creating systems requires a shift in the organizational culture. Yet, with California's tough economic climate, how can a publicly-funded agency afford to train employees, create processes and shift the culture? The answer is to partner with an organization that can help. Caltrans partnered with California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) to evaluate curriculum, analyze employee input and talk with local agency partners. The end result is a comprehensive program that lays a foundation based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and incorporates Caltrans specific forms, processes and practices. Delive
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