Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2001


Dragan Milosevic

Course Title

Project Management Framework

Course Number

EMGT 510/610


Project management -- Standards, Strategic management, Engineering -- Management, Computer software -- Development


JACS, Inc is a rapidly growing software company that is suffering from the excess fat of a large organization. When JACS was a small company of 150 employees, it was able to work closely with its customers to and adapt quickly to their changing needs. Now as a larger company, it is having a difficult time being responsive to customer needs. This case study discusses the steps that JACS went through to move from a traditionally functional organization to a project oriented organization.

A Project Management team was brought in to develop a strategy for implementing formal project management. A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis was done by the team and several strategies were considered. The preferred strategy was recommended along with an implementation plan. This plan was broken out into 3 different phases with short-term goals, mid-term goals, and long-term goals.

JACS is now 3 years into this implementation plan. Some of the benefits and challenges that were experienced while implementing this strategy are discussed. In addition to that, JASC's future plans, as it moves forward to reach excellence in project management, are discussed.


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