Taking a toll
Project management could have saved German taxpayers billions
The author analyzes the German government's cancelled US$1.6 billion project to create a distance-based highway toll system for large trucks. To understand the factors that led to the cancellation, the author talks with Oliver F. Lehmann, PMP, vice president of professional development for PMI's Troubled Projects Specific Interest Group. Mr. Lehmann explains that the cancellation in relation to the project team's (a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and DaimlerChrysler) failure to use project management methodologies. Mr. Lehmann describes four project management factors that--he believes--could have helped the team realize a successful deliverable.