Monday 6 September 2010

Project Management, Churchill-Style

Having recently marked the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II's Battle of Britain, my interest was piqued by a book sub-titled "Project Lessons from Winston Churchill and Battle of Britain". The idea of viewing World War II as a project surprised me. But the more you think about it, the more you see that, in detail, the requirements of executing a war are no different to any other project - you need leadership and governance, and you have to manage resources and tasks whilst keeping your eye on delivering the project's objectives.

Clearly, Winston Churchill's project had a higher cost of failure than any project I'll ever manage, and the risks and tasks are of a different nature to those I'm familiar with, but I can see the similarities too. So, the book's on order and I'm looking forward to reading it.

"Agile Leadership and Management of Change - Project Lessons from Winston Churchill and Battle of Britain" was written by Mark Kozak-Holland as part of the Lessons from History series.