California DOT Project Management Resources

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According to the California Department of Transportation (DOT) web site, Caltrans manages more than 50,000 miles of highway, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. Since 2007, the department has published several project management documents online that will interest the Project Management Professional (PMP) student.

Their Bidders Library is a treasure chest of real-life examples of project management at work.  It includes examples of a project charter, work breakdown structures, risk management, and communication plans, and much more.

Other highlights that I found useful included the Guide to Project Delivery Workplan Standards, Project Management Handbook, and a Project Risk Management Handbook.

The Guide to Delivery Workplan Standards includes the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Standard Cost Centers, Standard Milestones and their use to plan and control work content of capital projects.  And for the PMP student, it provides guidelines for preparing, understanding, and presenting a WBS for a given capital project.

Although published in 2007, the Caltrans Project Management Handbook provides a detailed overview of project management at Caltrans.  It covers basic concepts like “What is Project Management” and illustrates the advanced processes the DOT utilizes in developing their WBS.

The Project Risk Management Handbook provides an overview of risk management (both threats and opportunities) at the DOT, and describes the basic concepts and processes that guide risk management planning and implementation during project development.

The purpose of these handbooks is to provide the California districts with a uniform approach to project risk management, but for the PMP student the subject matter is a great example of Project Management tools and techniques.