Churchill the Agile Project Manager: A Lesson from History in Agility
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  Mark Kozak-Holland   Mark Kozak-Holland
Senior Business Architect
HP Services, Consulting and Integration


Wednesday, April 8, 2009
02:30 PM - 03:45 PM

Level:  Introductory

Location:  Ballroom A

Winston Churchill is widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. But as he became Prime Minister in May 1940, in a period of calamitous change, what did he actually do that we can learn from today? How did he transform his organization to turn his perilous situation around? Churchill was a Project Manager in the modern sense driving a project to completion-- what lessons can we learn from his methods? This presentation looks at Churchill as a project manager managing the UK in the Summer of 1940. It describes the strategies he took to overcome incredible odds. Not only did he have to stave off an imminent enemy invasion but he had to move the peacetime economy to one that could support a war. With very little time Churchill had to completely transform his organization.

Likewise many business people today are grappling with an unprecedented level of change adversely impacting their organizations. They need to make robust decisions quickly but are struggling to make use of data locked up at the enterprise, business unit, and project levels. Similarly to its application in business today was the management of data required to enhance Churchill’s decision making.

As the author behind the “Lessons from History” series, Mark Kozak-Holland brings years of experience as a consultant who helps Fortune-500 companies formulate projects that leverage emerging technologies. Since 1985 he has been straddling the business and IT worlds making these projects happen. He is a certified business consultant, the author of several books, and a noted speaker. Mark has always been interested in tracing the evolution of technology and the 3 industrial revolutions of the last 300 years. Whilst recovering a failed Financial Services project he first used the Titanic analogy to explain to project executives why the project had failed. As a historian, Kozak-Holland seeks out the wisdom of the past to help others avoid repeating mistakes and to capture time-proven techniques. His lectures on Lessons from History projects have been very popular at gatherings of project managers, architects and analysts.

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