“The Lessons from History workshop on “The Great Escape” was fascinating. Too often, project management concepts are talked about in the abstract, but this workshop really helped to make project management concepts ‘real’ for the participants. Mark peppered his presentation with interesting anecdotes, and those, together with his obvious passion for the subject matter, engaged the audience to the extent that some claimed afterward it was ‘the most interesting PD’ they’d ever experienced in the public service.”
“Mark, it was an honor to have you speak. You opened my eyes to the many avoidable miscues of the Titanic that are absolutely transferable lessons learned we can all take to heart and apply in our day jobs. Great job!”
“This was the best session I have attended to date. The speaker was excellent, and the topic was very, very interesting! Thanks for setting this up! I would also love to hear this speaker again!"
“Mark is a masterful educational craftsman who weaves lessons from history into a project management curriculum that is based on historical trials and errors; bringing to life theoretical principles of project management in a presentation that is more like a picture album or a documentary. His delivery aims at tying factual history to the principles of Project Management demonstrating the application of PMBOK processes in long used practices well before any effort to formalize them into current standards. And as he tells his stories through the eyes and ears of his data sources, real people who were part of that history, we are mesmerized. He leaves us with questions, challenges, and a yearning to learn more."
The lenses alter or refine the historians' view of the past and this is why historians continually revisit periods and events. Most importantly they guide research and shape the methods by defining problem areas, content considerations, assembling evidence, and research questions that need to be answered. New insights emerge when examining historical case studies through a business lens.
A business/project management lens helps find information that is of interest to business people. For example, there are thousands of books on the Giza Pyramid, but very few on the project that delivered it. Examining all the historical sources and evidence through a business/project management lens focuses attention on the elements relevant to a project. When a historical project is interpreted through this lens, it can be understood by contemporary business/project managers and it is of significant and meaningful value to contemporary business practice.