A history of the project management applications in the utility industry
how did we get here--where do we go?
Project management has long been used by utility companies both to develop special initiatives and to resolve typical operating problems. This article examines the ways companies have practiced project management, and in doing so, details the six factors that drive utility companies to practice project management, factors that include the perception of outages as projects, the transition of large base load projects to smaller projects, the need for effective resource management, the rise of more active regulatory agencies, the trend toward distributed project management, and the acceptance of desktop computing. It discusses these factors in relation to the project management practices that utility companies have used to improve organizational effectiveness and increase operational efficiency.