LOWELL, Mass-Jeanne D'Arc CU went from completing 12 department-level and companywide projects a year to 76 in 2009-including constructing a new headquarters-by employing a project management portal.

The CU uses Cardwell Group's Connections Online, a program that resides on the CU's intranet and emphasizes individual accountability and inter-team communication among project teams. CEO Mark Cochran said the $900-million CU knew it needed to become more efficient at completing projects. "We just needed a tool to give us a disciplined process to get there," he said.

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