The Great Escape: Lessons in Project Management

9781897326091: The Great Escape: Lessons in Project Management
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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 todays 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 AudioCD 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.

Paying attention to how historical projects and emerging technologies of the past solved complex problems of the day provides some very valuable insights into how to solve today's more challenging business problems.

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About the Author:

Mark is a PMP and a Senior Business Consultant and certified in the Consultant Profession. He specializes in helping organizations evaluate how emerging technologies can impact their business. Mark puts a different spin on complex business problems by applying lessons from history. In his book series, Lessons-from-History, he uses relevant historical case studies to examine how projects and emerging technologies of the past solved complex problems. Mark believes history has great relevance in business today. A good analogy helps to simplify, frame and put today's complex projects into context. It builds up a better understanding and enhances reader retention.

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