Project Management

Sidetracked and Nearly Derailed

Paula Weber

"I thought I had died and gone to heaven! The consulting company I worked for at the time, Planes, Trains & Automobiles (PTA), had chosen me to take part in the biggest railroad survey ever conducted anywhere in the world," Tom Huff reports from Chicago. "PTA had been hired by an umbrella group of big freight-carrying railroad lines to perform a redundancy study to defend proposed cutbacks, consolidation and proposed mergers in rail freight services nationwide. The findings were to be presented to the U.S. Department of Transportation as well as to several Congressional oversight committees, where they would be entered in evidence as ex parte verified statements. I’m an avid model railroader and have been in love with trains since I was 4 years old. I was just thrilled when I was asked to ride trains for the next 10 months as I documented the condition of railway equipment, rolling stock, rail bed, tracks and the amount of freight hauled by rail from one place to another over various routes. Darn, that was a heck of a lot of fun!"

Step on It
This runaway project might have stayed on track with the help of these Project Accelerator topics:

Building the Plan
Finding Benchmarks
Setting Milestones
Managing Scope
Monitoring Status
Reviewing Performance
Measuring Results


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