Carnegie Mellon Takes IT Project Management Online

Carnegie Mellon University has rolled out a custom implementation of TeamDynamixHE to help manage IT projects and end user support.

TeamDynamixHE is a Web-based project management system designed specifically for higher education institutions. It offers a single platform for analysis, communications, and management and includes risk analysis and scorecard ranking features for prioritization.

"We sent an RFP to most of the [project and portfolio management] players listed on Gartner's Magic Quadrant, and then on a whim, I typed in education project management in Google and found TeamDynamixHE," said Clay Fulton, PPM project lead at Carnegie Mellon, in a prepared statement. "We assembled an evaluation team from across central IT to review the solution providers' responses, and we narrowed the field down to five. Following webinars from each of the five companies, our team narrowed the providers down to two finalists, including TeamDynamixHE. Ultimately, we selected TeamDynamixHE for its capabilities, user interface, and focus on the higher education market, and because we felt good about working with the company as a partner. Our market is unique, and it takes a company that understands higher education to really appreciate the differences between the corporate world and ours."

The Carnegie Mellon implementation was designed by TeamDynamix using its Project Environment Maturity Model. According to TeamDynamix, "The PEMM approach fully considers the institution's cultural, technical and process maturity levels in order to retrofit an implementation plan that will be successful. PEMM also provides CMU's project management office leadership team with a simple, visual strategic plan to help them build support internally, quickly deliver value and consistently mature."

Carnegie Mellon serves more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

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