Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2009


Tim Anderson

Course Title

Project Management

Course Number

ETM 545


This paper is a research report of Project Management activities related to the construction of the Interstate MAX light rail system in Portland, Oregon from 2000 to 2005. This is a $350M project by multiple public agencies and private companies. This report focuses on four aspects of the project related to PM: Project Selection, Project Management Tools, Risk Management, and Lessons Learned & Knowledge Transfer. In order to frame our findings in a proper manner, the paper begins with a project description, then goes through a review of literature relevant to the topics, and finally discuses the PM relevant aspects of the Interstate MAX project in detail. Our research combines written and published reports with interviews of individuals with Project Management knowledge of this particular project to create a summary of PM relevant activates that helped make this construction project a success.


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