IT Project Management Assessment
“Our mission is to enhance and protect the quality of life for Aurora citizens by providing quality water, sewer and storm drain services in a manner that balance social, environmental and economic needs.” (Aurora, 2013). This is the mission statement of Aurora, Colorado Water Department. According to Steve Allen (Allen, 2011) “Aurora, Colorado had been challenged by decades of rapid population growth combined with limited opportunities to expand its water supply in a dry environment. This already significant challenge was made worse in 2002 by severe, multi-year drought, requiring the city and its water managers to quickly design and implement a long-term solution in response to future water shortage conditions.” With only a nine-month supply of water available for a population of approximately 300,000 at that time, city leaders were tasked with identifying a sustainable, long-term water supply to protect against future droughts. Larry Catalano was charged with leading the Prairie Waters Project, one of the largest water-related public works projects in Colorado in more than 35 years. The Project Manager’s superb leadership and effective communication ability with the project team, contractors, stakeholders, and top management was evidence throughout this project as decisions were made based on what was best for the city and people of Aurora, as well as, the environment. One of the project’s goals was to minimize the environmental impact. The project team immediately took action to train all contractors on navigating important environment concerns that could potentially impact them reaching this goal. The experience, trust, and respect of the entire project team and all stakeholders remaining focus on doing what was right were key to the project being completed two months ahead of schedule and $100 million dollars under budget. The Project Manager’s role was to make sure the project was delivered on time, in...
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