Carnegie Mellon University (PA) is an excellent example of a campus trying to move from homegrown efforts, to implement a campuswide strategy of project and change management. About five years ago, the Computing Services unit at the university created the Planning and Project Management Office, set up for centralized information technology projects. As the office evolved, it developed a homegrown system based on the FileMaker database. The system was designed to provide tactical planning and included calendaring, milestones and deadlines, and a project status spreadsheet. Currently, there are no campuswide project management standards at CMU, although a number of units have gravitated to Microsoft Project and Basecamp.
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