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Audio - An Introduction to the History of Project Management [MP3]

The History of PM

The audio addresses the origins of project management and the general perception that it was initiated and evolved in the 20th century. Yet how were all the great projects of the past delivered, like the Giza Pyramid, the Parthenon, the Colosseum, the Gothic Cathedrals of Europe, and the Taj Mahal. Was project management used? Were the concepts of project management understood? This audio presents the case that the discipline of project management did not just appear in the last 100 years but has been part of a steady evolution for at least 4,500 years. It takes a hard look at the history of project management, how it evolved, and presents some quite remarkable results.

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 Video - Meddling Stakeholders: How Poor Management Sank Titanic [DVD]

Cover Meddling Stakeholders How Poor Management Sank Titanic

The process of gathering and managing requirements can be difficult enough but when stakeholders start to meddle a project can get quickly out of control.

   
On this DVD author Mark Kozak-Holland (Project Management Blunders) is interviewed and reviews the Titanic project case study, and the project that designed, built, and launched the famous ship through the modern lens of project management and of the PMBoK® Knowledge Areas. The architects inability to control the meddling led to compromises which then led to serious flaws in a supposedly "perfect ship," considered so safe that it did not even need a full complement of lifeboats.

 

  


Audio - Winston Churchill, the Agile Project Manager [CD/MP3]

Churchill Agile PM Audio

The Adaptive Enterprise is a modern concept, or is it? This audio explores how Churchill and his Cabinets' actions, under tremendous pressure in May 1940, transformed their organization to the modern-day version of an Adaptive Enterprise. By definition an Adaptive Enterprise modifies organizational behaviour, how it addresses and responds to change, to give it a competitive edge. This audiobook looks back at a period of incredible change and mines lessons that Project Managers can use today.
  
Winston Churchill, one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, was swept into power. With depleted forces and no organized defense, the situation required a near miracle. Churchill had to mobilize quickly and act with agility to assemble a defense. He had to make the right investment choices, pour resources in, and deliver a complete project in time to save his country. This audio looks at Churchill as an agile Project Manger, turning a disastrous situation into an unexpected victory.

 


Video - Winston Churchill, the Agile Project Manager [DVD]

Churchill Agile Project Manager dvd

Today’s pace of change has reached unprecedented levels only seen in times of war. As a result, project management has changed accordingly with the pressure to deliver and make things count quickly. This DVD looks back at a period of incredible change and mines lessons for Project Managers today. In May 1940, the United Kingdom (UK) was facing a dire situation, an imminent invasion. As the evacuation of Dunkirk unfolded, the scale of the disaster became apparent. The army abandoned 90% of its equipment, the RAF fighter losses were deplorable, and over 200 ships were lost.
 
Winston Churchill, one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, was swept into power. With depleted forces and no organized defense, the situation required a near miracle. Churchill had to mobilize quickly and act with agility to assemble a defense. He had to make the right investment choices, deploy resources, and deliver a complete project in a fraction of the time. This video looks at Churchill as an agile Project Manger, and how he transformed his organization to turn his perilous situation around. Both Churchill in 1940 and business people today grapple with an unprecedented level of change adversely impacting their organizations at the enterprise, business unit, or project level.

 


Audio - Project Lessons from the Great Escape (Stalag Luft III) [CD/MP3]

Great Escape CD

The Great Escape from the prison camp Stalag Luft III is widely regarded as one of the most audacious and daring escape attempts of the 20th century. But as an event in March 1944, set in dire circumstances, what actually happened? How was the escape planned and executed? How did it get around numerous obstacles in a habitat designed to be escape proof? How was the project tracked? In today's world, business people are grappling with numerous obstacles in planning and executing projects in a climate of rapid changes. What can be learned from this event and put into practice today?

 

This audio recording of a live presentation analyzes how the escape was planned and executed as a project. Everything in Stalag Luft III was set up to prevent escape. The project planning and preparation were hindered every day by new obstacles. The environment was ripe for a project failure. Yet the escape committee (project team) was able to organize itself and remove each obstacle it faced. The escape committee overcame continuous difficulties and ran the project in an agile fashion.

 


Video - Project Lessons from the Great Escape (Stalag Luft III) [DVD]

Great Escape DVD

While you might think your project plan is perfect, would you bet your life on it? In the Second World War, a group of 220 captured airmen did just that -- they staked the lives of everyone in the camp on the success of a project to secretly build a series of tunnels out of a prison camp their captors thought was escape proof. The prisoners formally structured their work as a project, using the project organization techniques of the day. This DVD recording of a live presentation analyzes how the escape was planned and executed as a project.

 

The project planning and preparation were hindered every day by new obstacles. The environment was ripe for a project failure. Yet the escape committee (project team) was able to organize itself and remove each obstacle it faced. The escape committee overcame continuous difficulties and ran the project in an agile fashion.This meant understanding the problems facing them, focusing slender resources on the immediate task in hand, unifying the camp prisoners, and directing these into the project. With very little time the escape committee transformed the camp into an agile project one that could adapt to changing and unexpected daily situations.

 


Audio - Project scapegoats [CD/MP3]

Project scapegoats

Building upon the popularity of the first book in the Lessons from History series, this audio presents lessons for project managers harvested from the project that designed, built, and launched the R.M.S. Titanic. Full of practical advice, this audio builds on the most notorious "failed project" in recent memory, the sinking of an "unsinkable" ship. The sinking of Titanic is one of the worst maritime disasters ever. 
 
The audio analyzes the project that designed, built, and launched the ship, showing how compromises made during early project stages led to serious flaws in this supposedly "perfect ship." In addition, the audio explains how major mistakes during the early days of the ship's operations led to the disaster. All of these disasterous compromises and mistakes were fully avoidable.

 


Video - Project scapegoats [DVD]

Project scapegoats DVD

Imagine you are in one of Titanic's lifeboats, drifting away from the sinking ship. As you look back, you wonder how such a disaster could have happened. Titanic's maiden voyage was a disaster waiting to happen as a result of the compromises made during its construction project. This DVD explores how Executives & Project Managers can take lessons from this nuts-and-bolts construction project and apply them to their projects today.

 
This DVD shows how the lessons learned from the disaster can be applied to projects today. In modern projects, we often have situations where we believe that we have designed, built, or launched a "perfect" solution. This DVD juxtaposes the Titanic story and modern projects so that we can learn from the disaster and avoid making similar mistakes.

 


 

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