Prairie Waters Project

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Assignment 1: IT Project Management Assessment

CIS 515: IT Project Management
Jan 12th, 2012

Project overview:
According to "Prairie Waters Project Receives Project Management Prestigious 2011 PMI Project Of The Year Award" (2011), “Its exemplary innovation and completion, two months ahead of schedule and $100 million under budget, has made it the 2011 recipient of the Project Management Institute’s prestigious PMI(R) Project of the Year Award. ” (para. 1). The Prairie Water project led by CH2M HILL was an environmentally responsible, publicly funded project to collect water for city of Aurora from the South Platte River. The project was a crucial one for the city to sustain its population with only 10 months worth of water reserve left. The project’s goal was to increase the water supply by 20 percent. The water would be purified naturally using the river bank filtration process before going to the new state of the art purification process that would be built next to the Aurora Reservoir. “The city of Aurora’s Prairie Waters Project clearly illustrates how project management standards and practices, properly applied, can help deliver a solution that is transformative to a community” (para 5) said Mark A. Langley, President and CEO of PMI. Project management practices followed throughout the project: The Aurora Waters project exemplified the true project management principles from the start to the end of the project. The Project Management team was dedicated to it’s true goal to complete the project within the triple constraints of budget, time, and scope. According to PMBOK, project management best practice strives to “balance the competing demands of scope, time, cost, quality, resources and risk to produce the specified product, service or result.” (Project Management Institute, 2011, p. 37). The project management team also performed the following actions in pursuit of this goal. * The project team stayed true to the project management...
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