Taming the IT jungle
Creating a project-oriented work environment can benefit organizations in numerous and often immeasurable ways. This article--authored by the vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of The Nature Conservatory (NC) (Arlington, VA, USA)--explains how the globally located NC has benefited from establishing a project-oriented culture within its operation of 450 offices in 32 countries. In doing so, it discusses how the company has matured its five-year-old project management practice, which includes both a project management office (PMO) and a governance committee. It describes the competitive advantages that the firm realized since it launched its project management practice. It also overviews two practices that the firm uses to assess and manage project value and to reduce bottom-line costs.