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      Research peer exchange--May 2014.
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      The WSDOT Research Peer Exchange was held in Olympia, Washington on May 13 and 14, 2014 and addressed Research Program and Project Management as described in the following paragraphs: Program Management There are numerous funding programs, standing committees, partnership opportunities, and project panels that address transportation research and provide opportunity for state DOTs. State DOT Research Office responsibilities for these activities vary across the states. Program responsibilities were discussed such as: The programs that each participating agency manages, management expectations for each program, factors that determine responsibilities of Research Offices for national research programs, management techniques for these programs, workload estimation and workload requirements for these functions; and, criteria used to monitor program management performance? Project Management Discussion with other Research Directors finds there is significant difference in the number of projects managed by research project managers. Types of research projects managed by state DOTs vary and project management requirements are not equal. Some projects are conducted in-house while others are contracted, some are literature-based research and others require field work. Transportation Pooled Fund projects vary based on the department’s role and the views of the Technical Oversight Committee. These variations result in different management responsibilities and workload. Aspects of project management were discussed including: Research project management expectations; guidance and training for project managers (i.e., Project Management Body of Knowledge); workload estimation and balancing; key competencies; lessons learned in project management and criteria used to monitor project management performance? The peer exchange provided a forum to share practices, and discuss challenges and ways to address them.
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