Using a cross-functional team at Ford to select a corporate PM system

Ford Motor Company has a reputation for its 'participative management' approach which includes the input of employees in major decisions. In 1988, the Ford Corporate Mainframe Project Management Tool Selection Committee (PM Committee) was formed to select a corporate project management software package. The PM Committee designed a technical benchmark test to evaluate systems functionality, resource management, multiple project scheduling, reporting, mainframe/mini/micro interfaces, and ease of use. The PM Committee not only made their recommendation about software, but the cross-functional team helped to introduce project management discipline into the company.
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