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Lecturing about the importance of project management is often an exercise in preaching to the choir: Rarely do conversations lead to immediate acceptance and support from project management adversaries. To gain sponsorship, project managers must instead demonstrate and prove the organizational advantages of introducing project management and establishing it across an enterprise. This article features the CIO and vice president of IT at mining company The Doe Run Company (St. Louis, MO, USA) discussing how she convinced her organization's CEO to lend his support for establishing a project management office (PMO). In doing so, it discusses the factors that lead to the author's efforts to establish a PMO; it explains how the company acquired and customized its project management methodology. It also notes how Doe Run's PMO has changed the way the enterprise approaches projects and delivers project presentations. It then describes how project management has enabled Doe Run to manage projects during the recent fin
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