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Lessons from History: Project Management Blunders - Wednesday 15th October 2014


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Entertaining and full of intriguing historical details about R.M.S. Titanic, the presentation draws many parallels with the impact of decisions similar to the ones that are made in the engineering world today

Date and Time

15 October 2014 - 19:30-21:30


Cheltenham, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Jointly organised by the Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire local networks.

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R.M.S. Titanic was considered by many, including its designers and builders to be an unsinkable ship. With redundant safety systems that used the latest emerging technologies of the day, the ship was considered so safe that it did not even need a full complement of lifeboats. So how were risks managed (and not) across the each stage of the construction project lifecycle, and into the operation? This presentation extracts lessons and valuable insights for the management of projects today.
This presentation 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." It focuses on the risks associated with each stage of the project identifying these and then how these were mitigated. In addition, the presentation explains how well the risks were managed and not. It poses the ultimate question could the disaster have been prevented? 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.


Refreshments available - 7.00 pm

Lecture Starts - 7.30 pm

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Reasons to attend

This is likely to be a very popular talk - so please Register early to ensure your place!

Additional information

The speaker, Mark Kozak-Holland PhD is a project manager and a senior business consultant with 30 years of business experience. He specializes in helping organizations evaluate how emerging technologies can impact their business.

He is the founder of the Lessons-from-History series, and has written a number books for the series. A number of these will be available/on sale during the evening

Based in Canada, Mark is undertaking this lecture during an Autumn Lecture Tour of Europe.

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Registration is required for this event


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